Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne’s husband Tom Girardi held his millions in a dozen of bank accounts spread around town and the lawyer investigating is now one step closer to finding more money for his victims.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the judge presiding over Girardi’s involuntary Chapter 7 has ordered Chase and Citi Bank to turn over records for accounts the once-respected lawyer had with them.
The lawyer who was put in control of Girardi’s finances as part of his bankruptcy said he believes there may be money in them. However, Girardi’s law firm was left in shambles as his health started to decline and he was placed under a conservatorship by his family.
His doctor claim he is suffering from dementia. His law firm is accused of owing $101 million to various creditors. A majority of the debt is owed to his former clients who claim Girardi screwed them out of millions.
A group of orphans and widows believe Girardi used $2 million owed to them and diverted it to help fund his lavish life with Jayne. The Bravo star is a named defendant in the case. She stands accused of filing a “sham” divorce to hide assets.
The trustee in the bankruptcy is currently trying to locate all the money transferred around by Girardi. The lawyer reportedly ran his firm like a Ponzi scheme for the past decade.
The judge signing off on the lawyer being allowed to see the bank records is a big step in the right direction.
As Radar previously reported, Jayne is still facing a $25 million lawsuit as part of the Chapter 7 case. The lawyer in charge is also investigating potentially fraudulent transfers made by Girardi that benefitted Jayne.
The suit is demanding the RHOBH star return millions that her husband’s law firm spent on paying the bills for her company EJ Global. Financial records show Jayne racked up $14 million on an American Express card from 2008 until 2020.
So far, she has refused to return a dime to the estate. She claims anything in her possession was a “gift” and believes she has no obligation to return anything. Jayne is also attempting to remove the lawyer in charge of the investigation.
The federal judge shut down her request writing, “It appears to be nothing more than a blatant attempt by Ms. Girardi to impede Mr. Richards’ efforts on behalf of the trustee to investigate allegedly fraudulent transfers of the debtor’s assets to Ms. Girardi and to prosecute an action against her to recover those transfers for the benefit of the estate.”
Jayne is now appealing the decision.