Erika Jayne Breaks Silence After Ex-Husband Tom Girardi Is Indicted On Fraud Charges
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Erika Jayne has “something to say” following the news of her ex-husband, Tom Girardi‘s, Feb. 1 indictment for defrauding his clients of $18 million. In a video obtained by the Daily Mail that can be seen here, Erika, 51, said she has “something to say, but not right now” in reaction to Tom’s indictment. “You’ll hear from me soon,” she calmly added. She also told the paparazzi she is not at all worried about her “situation” after they asked.
However, her cool began to fade after they kept pestering her for more information regarding how she feels about the situation. “Did you not hear what I just said to you like five seconds ago?” she shot back. “That when I would have something to say, I would say it to you.” The reality star was filmed leaving the Burbank Town Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Tom, his son-in-law, attorney David Liraand the former chief financial officer for his firm, Christopher Kamon, were included in federal charges across two states on Wednesday. The threesome was charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of contempt of court in Chicago, according to The Los Angeles Times. In Los Angeles, Tom was charged with wire fraud.
“Mr. Girardi and Mr. Kamon stands accused of engaging in a widespread scheme to steal from their clients and lie to them to cover up the fraud,” United States Attorney Martin Estrada said in a press release regarding the charges. “In doing so, they allegedly preyed on the very people who trusted and relied upon them the most-their clients. Actions like the ones alleged in the indictment bring disrepute upon the legal profession and will not be tolerated by my office.”
Tom’s legal troubles began in Dec. 2020, just one month after Erika filed for divorce from him. A class action lawsuit was filed against him by Edelson PC for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from his clients, mostly the grieving family members of victims of the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, which killed all 189 passengers and crew members on board. The company claimed millions of dollars were transferred to Tom’s law firm, Girardi Keese, but the victims saw nothing. In Jan. 2021, Tom’s health reportedly declined, and his brother Robert asked to be named his conservator. The conservatorship was finalized in July 2021, according to Page Six. Erika was originally named in the fraud and embezzlement lawsuit against Tom and his company but was dismissed on Jan. 29, 2022.
The former couple’s legal troubles were aired out during Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, with a great deal of drama surrounding a pair of $750K earrings Tom purchased Erika more than 15 years ago. Several of her co-stars told her she should return the earrings in order to help the victims, even though they were not bought with stolen money. Erika disagreed and was escorted out Kyle RichardsAspen home as she yelled about “caving in” to their demands. She was eventually forced to hand over the earrings amid Tom’s legal battle, per Fox News.
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