Ex-‘RHOBH’ Star Erika Jayne, Tom Girardi Slammed For Claiming To Have Dementia To ‘Escape’ Trial

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: “RHOBH” alum Thomas Vincent Girardi, who was previously married to Erika Jayne, has been found competent to stand trial for allegedly embezzling more than $15 million from legal clients.

The Central District of California, Josephine L Staton, has announced that the defendant (Girardi) is competent to stand trial. Erika Jayne, on the other hand, seems to have escaped the trap of this legal question.

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The once-prominent lawyer is now engaged in legal battles that carry a potential prison sentence of 20 years. He was disbarred from the State Bar of California in July 2022. At the height of his career, he was one of the nation’s most prominent plaintiffs attorneys.

In the order issued on January 2, 2024, the attorney declared Tom Girardi competent to stand trial on all five counts of wire fraud and he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The charges relate to five of Tom’s clients and allege that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme, while Tom negotiated the settlement on behalf of the clients. He hid the true terms of the settlement and lied about where the settlement proceeds went.

Tom wanted to escape trial by stating that his illness, “dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease”, had been diagnosed in March 2022. But after extensive investigations by the court, he was found “fit” to stand trial.

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However, the internet believes it was a dirty way to escape the trails. They took to the comments section of an Instagram post and criticized him. One social media user wrote: “He claimed his incompetence and now he is acting as his own lawyer. »

Another seemed shocked and said he may have faked his condition and wrote: “So he doesn’t have dementia?”

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One user looked particularly happy and said: “YES!!!!! All the rats will rush in now and Tom will take them all out with him!”

Some users were delighted by the news, with one exclaiming: “Wow! I was hoping for this but I’m still shocked.”

Another just said: “Justice for the victims”.

CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 19: Thomas Girardi attends the Annenberg Space for Photography
Tom Girardi declared “competent” to stand trial (Getty Images)

Why did Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi split?

Erika Jayne has opened up about her breakup from Tom Giradi after 21 years of marriage. She felt financially constrained when she complained on an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

She mentioned how she had to give up her luxurious lifestyle, like the Lamborghini, a 16,000 square foot house and others. She revealed that she had waited a long time for things to return to normal, but they didn’t.

She resented the uncertainty and instability of her life and often cried about it. Erika filed for divorce in 2020, just weeks after filming season 11. Recently, she was criticized for using Ozempic to lose weight and made her TikTok debut ahead of the Las Vegas music tour she was on. was also criticized by fans.

Erika Jayne with several people including her ex-ex, Tom Girardi (bravotv)
Erika Jayne split from Tom Girardi in 2020 (bravotv)

What are the charges against Tom Girardi?

Once blessed with fame and wealth, former lawyer Tom Girardi is embroiled in several legal battles. Just a month after Jayne and Giradi divorced, the two were named in a class-action lawsuit accusing Giradi’s former law firm, Giradi Reese, of misusing funds intended for accident victims’ families of plane.

Erika Jayne has just announced a $25 million lawsuit against Tom Girardi. In July 2023, Erika Jayne met with several people who accused Giradi of misusing the settlement money.

The disgraced former attorney faces federal wire fraud charges in Los Angeles and Chicago as he embezzled millions of dollars of his clients’ money to fund his lavish lifestyle.

He also pleaded not guilty and his lawyers initially said Giradi was not competent to stand trial due to dementia. He is bankrupt and is represented by taxpayer-funded lawyers.

He was charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of criminal contempt of court. Two former employees of Girardi Keese, lawyer David R Lira and head of the accounting and finance department Christopher K Kamon, have both been charged in 12 criminal courts.

All three were accused of stealing $15 million in settlement funds paid to the families of victims of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash.

“RHOBH” star Erika Jayne recently blocked her husband Tom Gerardi, from whom she split in 2020 (@bravo/YouTube)
‘RHOBH’ Star Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi Are No Longer Married (@bravo/YouTube)

‘RHOBH’ Alum Erika Jayne and Ex Tom Girardi Implicated in Fake Credit Card Fraud Against Designer

A Hollywood costume designer said in a lawsuit that disbarred attorney Tom Girardi and his ex Erika Jayne bribed a former U.S. Secret Service official to file false credit card fraud charges against him.

Designer Christopher Psaila claims in Los Angeles federal lawsuit that Girardi conspired with former Los Angeles bureau chief Robert Savage to “weaponize” the agency by suing him on legitimate charges he had billed to Erika in 2015 and 2016.

The financially struggling couple took very unpleasant steps to obtain financial assistance. The lawsuit also names American Express as a defendant. They repaid $787,000 based on his false claims of credit card fraud.

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