Prosecutors SIDE-EYE Erika Jayne’s Hubby Tom Girardi’s Dementia Claims – Think He’s FAKING It!
Prosecutors aren’t buying Tom Girardi’s alleged medical issues and are demanding that the disgraced lawyer stand trial over allegations that he embezzled millions from former clients.
According to Radar Online, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne, and his now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, were forced into a Chapter 7 bankruptcy by creditors, back in 2020. Girardi stands accused of embezzling settlement funds owed to clients through his firm, in order to support the couple’s luxury lifestyle and Erika’s pop star career.
His former clients alleged that Tom Girardi failed to pay out settlement cash after winning various legal disputes. The since disbarred lawyer was indicted on wire fraud charges earlier this year, after prosecutors accused him of embezzling over $18 million over a decade.
Tom Girardi’s brother, Robert, was put in place as a conservator over the estate after the lawyer was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Girardi was moved onto a senior living facility, and the Pasadena mansion he once shared with the reality star was sold off as part of the bankruptcy. His defense attorney requested that Girardi be evaluated for mental competency and both sides have been fighting over details pertaining to the release of the report.
The prosecutors stated — “Less than one month after the bankruptcy proceedings were initiated, and criminal and State Bar referrals were made by federal and state judges, defendant’s brother filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to have a conservator appointed, alleging that defendant could no longer care for himself or his estate. Without the benefit of any adversarial testing, the petition was subsequently granted mere months later.”
They added — “Now, after being criminally indicted for his yearslong scheme, defendant attempts to avoid being held to account for his conduct by petitioning this Court to find him incompetent to stand trial. However, despite defendant’s asserted incompetence, evidence of his normal routine immediately leading up to the demise of GK –- years after defendant claims his purported mental competency issues began –- demonstrates that his instant “symptoms” are exaggerated – an artfully constructed self-serving portrait of a figure purportedly so diminished as to be beyond the legal system’s reach.”
The federal prosecutors stated — “Indeed, in the months leading up to defendant’s conservatorship, he went to his law firm nearly every day and worked on multiple cases, negotiated loans to keep [Girardi Keese] afloat, sat for multiple depositions and interviews, and even moderated a panel discussion with other attorneys. Only after defendant’s creditors started closing in when an escape hatch was needed most, was the issue of [Girardi’s] mental competency first raised.”
The government demanded that Girardi stand trial, claiming—“His purposeful manipulation of these proceedings to avoid the consequences of a trial in this matter directly demonstrate how cunning and capable he truly is.”
Erika filed for divorce from Girardi in November 2020, after a 21 year marriage. The divorce case has been put on hold until after the bankruptcy is settled.
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