A federal court judge has ordered American Express to turn over Tom Girardi's credit card statements — which include hundreds of pages of documents revealing expenses made by Erika Jayne over the past decade.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the judge presiding over the once-respected lawyer's Chapter 7 bankruptcy has granted a motion by the trustee in the case.
As we first reported, the trustee — who is working to figure out the best plan to pay back Girardi's $101 million debt — recently asked the court for permission to demand records from American Express. The trustee said the financial records kept by Girardi and his firm were inadequate and don't provide all the answers they need for their investigation into whether he committed fraud.
"While the Debtor’s bank statements contain general line item entries relating to the payments, no additional information was found in the Debtor’s records that sheds any light on the nature of the payments made, or if the Debtor received reasonably equivalent value in exchange for the payments.”
Girardi is accused of running his law firm like a Ponzi scheme. His former clients claim they were screwed out of millions and even orphans and widows claim they are owed money. For the past several months, the trustee has worked on reviewing Girardi's statements to try and figure out where his money went.
“The trustee’s review did reveal, however, substantial payments made by the Debtor to American Express,” the docs read.
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The filing says Girardi’s firm issued cards to various employees and his then-wife Jayne. The Bravo star is listed as having two cards under her name.
Girardi's former clients — who are owed money — believe Jayne's husband used their money to pay the bills for the reality star's company EJ Global. She is also facing a $25 million lawsuit as part of the bankruptcy demanding she pays back money Girardi spent on her.
For her part, Jayne has denied knowledge of her husband's alleged misdeeds. She claims to have been unaware of any alleged embezzlement. So far, she has refused to return a dime.
Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi as his legal and financial problems started to mount. The bankruptcy has stayed the divorce and the RHOBH star is still legally married to her estranged husband.