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Erika Girardi Accuses Lawyer Of Harassment As He Launches Investigation Into Her Private Jet Ride Amid Embezzlement Scandal!

Over the weekend, lawyer Ronald Richards reported a link to a The Daily Mail article that featured photos of Erika Girardi boarding a private jet. 

Paparazzi snapped the photos earlier this month while the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was leaving Los Angeles, according to Radar Online.

The Pretty Mess author looked glammed up in a full-on-ensemble. The trip caused many to question how the Bravo reality star was able to afford an expensive plane ride.

Richards, who was appointed to lead the investigation into Jayne, wrote on Twitter, “Pursuant to California Rule 3.6(b)(5), we are requesting assistance in obtaining evidence and information necessary to determine the source of @erikajayne ’s legal fees and expenses, as well as the tail number for this plane in this published article.”

Jayne seemingly appeared not to be impressed with the tweet. She wrote, “No merit, No investigation, No proof, Just more harassment …”

As previously reported, it was revealed last week that the Pretty Mess singer may have to repay settlement funds intended for her estranged husband’s former clients amid allegations that Tom’s firm gave Erika’s companies $20 million over the years. The Ruigomez family, who were featured in Hulu’s The Housewife and the Hustler, can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika to obtain the $11 million they are owed from Tom.

“The Ruigomez Family, the Girardi Trustee, and the GK Trustee shall cooperate with each other with their collection efforts against Erika,” the court documents obtained by Us Weekly read.

Erika and Tom made headlines in November 2020 when the Bravo reality star filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage. The following month, the estranged couple was sued for fraud and embezzlement. 

In addition to accusing them of swindling $2 million in settlement funds intended for families of victims of a 2018 plane crash, class action firm Edelson PC claimed in federal court documents that the divorce was “simply a sham attempt to fraudulently protect Tom’s and Erika’s money from those that seek to collect on debts owed by Tom and his law firm.”

Tom faced a second lawsuit later that month, alleging that his company breached a written agreement and conversation with Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services. The bank sought immediate payment on the $882,715 outstanding bill.

In September 2020, Tom told the court that he lost millions of dollars and has “no money” left. The 82-yar-old was placed under a temporary conservatorship in February when his brother assumed control of his daily activities and personal care. One of Tom’s attorneys claimed in court in December 2020 that he was hospitalized for a “serious illness,” raising questions about his mental competency. Court documents revealed in March that Tom was diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s and dementia.

However, in July 2021, a judge ruled that some former clients of Tom can pursue a collections lawsuit against Erika. According to court records obtained by PEOPLE, Tom's former clients, Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez, and Kathleen Ruigomez, will be able to collect the $11 million they are owed by him per a 2020 litigation. 

According to court docs, Erika revealed that she “has nothing to hide” and has already expressed a “full willingness to cooperate and produce” documents to the court. In newly filed documents via Radar Online, the Bravo reality star said she will turn over all bank and financial records. However, she wants the lawyers to agree to not leak the documents.


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