Erika Jayne Slapped With $2.2 Million Tax Lien Amid Legal Woes
According to court documents, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against Erika Jayne on October 17. The lien was filed by the State of California Franchise Tax Board with the Los Angeles County Recorder’s Office.
The State of California is holding both Erika Jayne, 51, and her disgraced husband, Tom Girardi, 83, responsible for the $2,277,344.23 tax bill for the year 2019.
The lien enforcement is new, however, Erika Jayne, was notified of the outstanding tax bill in May 2022, and told the court she can’t afford to pay the debt. She stated in a filed motion, “in approximately late May 2022, my business manager received an Income Tax Due Notice bill from the California Franchise Tax Board [FTB] dated May 10, 2022 which states that I owe $2,226,985.77 in taxes for tax year 2019.”
This is just another setback for the embattled reality star who is being sued by the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case for Girardi Keese. According to the legal docs, the trustee accused Erika Jayne of knowing that the firm paid her expenses for at least 12 years.
News broke that Erika Jayne and Tom were being sued by class action firm Edelson PC. In court docs, the former couple were accused of embezzling settlement funds intended to help the families of Lion Air Flight 610 victims. The plane crash killed 189 people in 2018.
The firm claimed that the estranged couple’s divorce filing was “a sham attempt to fraudulently protect” their assets and that Tom and Erika were “on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
The lawsuit also argued that Erika should be personally held responsible for the funds even though the money allegedly went to her company, EJ Global LLC. “She attempts to create a distinction between handling her money directly versus paying all of her bills directly,” the documents stated. “The distinction, like her prior motion for reconsideration, is meritless. Any payments made for her benefit are her responsibility.”
The lawsuit accused the couple of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, receipt of stolen property, aiding and abetting concealment of stolen property, money had and received, conversion, unlawful business practice, consumers legal remedies act and deceit.
The firm was seeking no less than $55 million in damages.
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