Prosecutors are alleging that Tom Girardi, the husband of reality star Erika Jayne, has been exaggerating his medical issues to avoid standing trial over embezzlement accusations. Girardi, a disbarred lawyer, was charged with embezzling over $18 million from clients, and he was later placed under a conservatorship due to claims of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Prosecutors argue that Girardi’s mental competency issues are exaggerated and that he should still be held accountable for his actions.
Prosecutors are alleging that Tom Girardi, the husband of reality star Erika Jayne, has been exaggerating his medical issues and are demanding that he stand trial for embezzling millions from clients.
Title: Tom Girardi Faces Trial for Embezzlement Charges, Prosecutors Allege Medical Issues Are Exaggerated
Publish Date: August 21, 2023
The ongoing legal saga involving Tom Girardi, the husband of reality TV star Erika Jayne, has taken a new turn as prosecutors now demand that he stand trial for allegedly embezzling millions from clients. Girardi, formerly a prominent attorney, and his law firm Girardi Keese were pushed into bankruptcy in 2020 after accusations from numerous clients who claimed Girardi failed to distribute settlement funds as promised. The disbarred lawyer is facing wire fraud charges, along with several associates, over alleged embezzlement of over $18 million between 2010 and 2020.
In a surprising twist, Girardi was placed under a conservatorship in 2021, with his brother Robert assuming control and informing the court that the attorney had been diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The criminal defense attorney representing Girardi has requested a mental evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial. However, prosecutors argue that Girardi has manipulated the proceedings to evade accountability, asserting that his mental health claims are exaggerated and an attempt to avoid trial.
While Girardi has been residing in a senior living facility for over a year, prosecutors argue that his purported mental competency issues were only raised when his creditors closed in and he needed an escape hatch. They point to evidence of Girardi’s normal routine leading up to the bankruptcy and legal battles, citing his continued involvement in multiple cases, negotiations, depositions, interviews, and even moderating a panel discussion with other attorneys.
Despite Girardi’s attempts to be excused from standing trial, the government is resolute in demanding his full participation. In the midst of these legal proceedings, Erika Jayne, known for her role on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” filed for divorce from Girardi. The divorce case has been temporarily paused until the bankruptcy matters are resolved. Notably, Jayne herself has denied any involvement or knowledge of her husband’s alleged wrongdoing in his legal battles.
The case continues to unfold, with the demand for Girardi’s trial coming amidst a web of legal complexities and personal turmoil. As the legal system grapples with Girardi’s alleged embezzlement and his medical condition, the future remains uncertain for both him and Erika Jayne, making this a high-profile legal drama that continues to captivate public attention.
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