Judge Rules ‘Real Housewives’ Star Liable For Husband’s Embezzlement

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Erika Jayne might have to shell out big bucks to the former clients her estranged husband Tom Girardi swindled.

A judge ruled that Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez, and Kathleen Ruigomez can pursue damages against the “Real Housewives” star on Tuesday.

“All assets identified by the Ruigomez family shall be subject to all rights of the Girardi bankruptcy estate and the [Girardi Keese] bankruptcy estate, which parties shall meet and confer in good faith to determine the character/ownership of the identified assets,” the court documents said.

Girardi and his law firm Girardi Keese are being investigated after filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy last year. Girardi and Jayne were slapped with a lawsuit for embezzling millions to fund their lavish lifestyle in December 2020.

The Ruigomez Family filed a legal complaint claiming that Girardi had not paid them out on an $11 million settlement they won against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., and a judge has found Jayne to be just as liable as her husband. 

The ruling, which Jayne’s lawyer attempted to oppose, came weeks after a trustee investigating the Girardi Keese bankruptcy claim found that Girardi made a $20 million transfer to Jayne’s business. 

“Erika has created a new company after the news broke of this scandal, which appears to simply be a successor company,” the trustee alleged in court documents. “Erika has multiple financial accounts and the Debtor’s books show Erika owes large receivables to the Debtor.”

Jayne, 49, filed for divorce from Girardi, 82, after 21 years of marriage in November of 2020.


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