Tom Girardi’s law firm, Girardi Keese, allegedly loan his estranged wife Erika Jayne’s businesses over $20 million.
According to PEOPLE, a motion filed was filed by the bankruptcy trustee investigating Tom’s assets. The bankruptcy trustee says she needs to look into “witnesses who may have first-hand knowledge of this widespread fraud.” This includes Erika’s new landlord Benjamin Khakshour.
“The Trustee is six months into her administration of the estate and is beginning to unravel the numerous transactions which may be avoidable and recoverable for the benefit of creditors,” the legal document states. “Among the possible assets to be recovered are the millions of dollars of settlement proceeds which the Debtor may have transferred to Erika.”
The documents also state that so far, the trustee special litigation council has confirmed that “settlement funds were diverted to Erika.”
“The Debtor has admitted in numerous filed tax documents that Erika’s related companies have received over $20,000,000 according to the tax documents spanning multiple years,” the trustee alleges. “Erika has created a new company after the news broke of this scandal which appears to simply be a successor company. Erika has multiple financial accounts, and the Debtor’s books show Erika owes large receivables to the Debtor.”
“Due to the mounting legal matters, the SLC [special litigation counsel] is concerned that absent the investigation occurring rapidly, Erika may further dissipate the Debtor’s assets,” the court doc states. “The necessity to trace her money and investigate the receipt of funds, her purchases including the bling and the glam, (diamonds and high expenditures of beauty maintenance, etc.) has become more heightened by these recent events.”
Erika filed for divorce from Tom in November 2020 after 21 years of marriage. A month later, the estranged couple was accused of fraud and embezzlement in a lawsuit. Tom was then hit with multiple lawsuits for outstanding loans.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story.
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