Erika Jayne and estranged husband Tom Girardi are being sued for allegedly using their divorce to embezzle money.
According to a complaint filed in an Illinois federal court on Wednesday (December 2), the 49-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and the 81-year-old lawyer are being sued on behalf of several families who lost loved ones in a Boeing plane crash, People reports.
The documents alleged that Erika and Tom embezzled settlement funds meant to help the families of victims of Lion Air Flight 610. The crash took place back in October 2018.
“Tom has resorted to embezzling the proceeds of settlements that should have been directed to his clients — including, as the basis for this Complaint, the widows and orphans who lost loved ones in the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight 610 — in order to continue funding his and Erika’s lavish Beverly Hills lifestyles,” the documents state.
Tom‘s law firm – Girardi & Keese (GK) – is also named in the suit, which claims Tom and his firm “are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
The lawsuit says that Boeing reached individual settlements with clients represented by Tom and his firm, but alleged that the settlement funds were instead used by Tom and Erika.
“At the heart of this deception is Defendant Girardi and his need to fund outrageous lifestyles for himself and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Erika Jayne,” the documents state, while also claiming this isn’t Tom‘s first attempt to “hide and divert assets.”
Just last month Erika filed for divorce from Tom after 21 years of marriage. However, the new lawsuit claims the divorce is a “sham” to protect their money.
“While Erika publicly filed for divorce this month, on information and belief, that ‘divorce’ is 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 GK,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also discusses the couple’s “lavish lifestyle,” even pointing out Erika reportedly previously saying her “look” costs $40,000 a month.
Erika and Tom have not addressed the lawsuit yet.
It was also just revealed that three of Erika‘s RHOBH co-stars tested positive for COVID-19.
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