Erika Jayne Of “Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” Has To Hand Over A Pair Of $750,000 Diamond Earrings Tom Girardi Bought With Stolen Money
Poor Erika Jayne won’t be able to pawn off a pair of diamond earrings that cost $750,000. Erika had her luxurious life upended when it came out that her geriatric lawyer husband Tom Girardi had been allegedly embezzling money from his law firm, Girardi-Keese, for years. Tom even allegedly took money from the families of the victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash. Tom’s accounts and belongings–and thus Erika’s accounts and belongings–have been getting picked through legally ever since. And now, Erika can kiss bye-bye to those $750,000 diamond earrings because a judge has ruled that she must hand them over since they were bought by Tom with stolen funds.
Erika had been fighting to keep the earrings that were bought for her back in 2007. And of course, she wants to hold onto them–she owes the state of California more than $2.2 million in taxes! But Us Weekly says that a judge has decided Erika shall forfeit the earrings:
According to an article published by Law360 about the hearing, on Tuesday, June 28, Judge Barry Russell acknowledged that “settlement funds from the trust account created for a class action handled by Thomas’ firm Girardi Keese were used to pay for the diamond earrings.” The judge also noted that he did not believe Erika “was aware the earrings were stolen property” even though she must still return them.
Tom allegedly paid for the earrings using a client’s trust account claiming it as “costs for a case.” And Tom is a real scamp because he claimed that the earrings were stolen from their mansion yet they were eventually found in a safe.
Ronald Richards, an attorney who used to work for the trustee in the case, took a victory lap after Erika’s diamonds got repo’ed:
“The Court found the firm embezzled the funds, the earrings were ordered property of the Estate,” Richards, who previously oversaw the bankruptcy case involving Tom’s former law firm, exclusively told Us on Wednesday. “Erika had tried to argue that too much time had passed and that it was the firm’s former clients who should be making this claim, not the Trustee. The court rejected that argument and said the Trustee can bring a turnover order for the earrings and forfeited all of Erika’s rights in the earrings.”
But Erika’s lawyer, Evan Borges, also took a victory lap since the judge said Erika wasn’t aware of Tom’s thievery:
“Once again, Erika is facing consequences for past actions taken by Tom Girardi and Girardi Keese. Erika did nothing wrong,” Evan Borges told Us. “In fact, the judge specifically found no fault or knowledge on the part of Erika regarding the actions by Tom Girardi and his partners at the law firm. Tom Girardi the lawyer did this.”
The statement continued: “Legally, the judge’s decision raises an important issue of whether the law allows revisiting transactions of 15 years ago to take away a gift received by an innocent spouse. But that’s for a higher court to decide.”
Well, once Erika’s nemesis, extremely wealthy divorcee, Sutton Stracke, hears about this she’s going to troll Erika by wearing her most expensive diamonds while filming. Sutton better hope that Erika and her glam squad don’t jump her for them afterward.
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