Despite the hotly anticipated season of RHOBH premiering on Wednesday, there is definitely a dark shadow hovering over the franchise as Tom Girardi has been accused of stealing millions from victims to pay for his lifestyle. It’s difficult to watch Erika try on diamonds from her private collection in her overflow closet, knowing that clients of Girardi were never paid the money they desperately needed and deserved.
In an in-depth look at the case by The Los Angeles Times, victims speak out about what you won’t see this season on your TV screens. According to the LA Times, after the Lion Air Flight crash, Tom’s team “arrived in Jakarta knocking on the doors of the victims’ families.” The families were promised to be represented by one of the best lawyers in America. They were told they could get millions from Boeing if they went with the prestigious Mr. Girardi for representation. Despite delivering on that promise, as they were awarded big money from the company, at least $3 million allegedly went to Girardi’s personal use.
Septiana Damayanti was one of those recipients that should have received the money as her husband died in the crash, leaving her a single mother with two daughters, ages 5 and 3. Per Septiana: “I’m exhausted. I thought I could use the settlement money for the children. At least they could’ve gotten a good education, that they’d not need to worry.”
Judge Durkin, who is involved in the case, sympathized that “Half a million dollars for any one of these families is a significant amount of money, life-changing money, given the tragedy they went through and trying to carry on after that.”
Multi Rizki, whose father died in the crash, revealed that Girardi tried to blame the missing funds on COVID, saying that offices were closed; therefore, funds could not be transferred. “COVID had nothing to do with this,” said Wisner, now representing the defrauded Indonesians. “I was working from home. It’s an easy wire transaction.”
Thoughts on the article? Do you find it hard to watch this season knowing what we do about the case?
Source: Los Angeles Times