Erika Jayne may face prosecution by victims of embezzlement by ex-husband Tom Girardi, judge says

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Erika Jayne may have to pay some of her ex-husband’s former clients a pretty dime.

A judge ruled on Tuesday that a trio of clients of her ex-lawyer Tom Girardi – Joseph Ruigomez, Jaime Ruigomez and Kathleen Ruigomez – could continue their collection efforts against the 49-year-old singer.

A stay had previously been placed on the collections of Girardi’s assets. He and his law firm, Girardi Keese, are under investigation by a bankruptcy trustee after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last year.

“All assets identified by the Ruigomez family will be subject to all the rights of the Girardi bankruptcy estate and the [Girardi Keese] bankruptcy, which the parties must meet and confer in good faith to determine the character / ownership of the identified assets, ”the court documents obtained by Fox News on Wednesday read.

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Erika Jayne may have to pay cash to victims of Tom Girardi's embezzlement after a judge gives them the green light to continue their collection efforts.
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Erika Jayne may have to pay cash to victims of Tom Girardi’s embezzlement after a judge gives them the green light to continue their collection efforts.
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“The Ruigomez family, the Girardi trustee and the GK trustee will cooperate with each other in their recovery efforts against Erika,” the documents say.

In a legal complaint obtained by Reuters earlier this year, the Ruigomez family claimed that Girardi had not yet given them the full $ 11 million settlement they obtained from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after Joseph was injured.

Although the 2020 litigation said the family owed $ 11 million, the amount for which they have now been allowed to pursue collection has not yet been specified.

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Jayne’s attorney filed an opposition to the motion seeking leave to continue collection efforts, but was ultimately dismissed by Tuesday’s ruling.

Fox News has contacted lawyers for Jayne and the Ruigomez family.

Erika Jayne is in the process of divorcing her husband Tom Girardi.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta / Getty Images)

Erika Jayne is in the process of divorcing her husband Tom Girardi. (Photo by Paul Archuleta / Getty Images)

Jayne and Girardi were also accused in a trial in December 2020 of embezzling millions of dollars intended for the families of plane crash victims to finance their rich and famous lifestyle.

The Ruigomez trio were given the green light just weeks after the trustee alleged that Girardi Keese had transferred $ 20 million to Jayne’s businesses.

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“Erika started a new company after the news was announced, which appears to be simply a successor company,” according to documents alleging the transfer, according to E! New. “Erika has several financial accounts and the debtor’s books show that Erika owes the debtor large debts.”

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The legal ordeal was further complicated by the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s impending divorce from Girardi, whose brother is pushing for a guardianship of the aging lawyer.

Melissa Roberto of Fox News contributed to this report

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