Erika Jayne has been labeled the “frontwoman” in ex Tom Girardi’s alleged fraud “scheme” in a $50 million racketeering lawsuit.
The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 50, has been named in a new case from Edelson PC, which accused her of using her public platform to “prolong” Girardi’s firm’s alleged scheme.
“The victims of Tom’s fraud have had to sit back and watch Erika spend obscene amounts of money as they had nothing,” Jay Edelson from Edelson PC told Page Six in a statement.
“This is a giant step forward in obtaining real accountability for what was the largest criminal racketeering enterprise in the history of plaintiff’s law. It’s time for her to stop the lies and start taking some accountability.”
According to court documents obtained by Page Six on Tuesday – which were filed in the U.S. District Court – the reality star allegedly concealed the truth about her estranged husband’s alleged misconduct throughout their marriage.
The filing, which was part of the ongoing Lion Air Flight JT 610 Crash case, listed nine different complaints against the defendants, including racketeering, receipt of stolen property, aiding and abetting concealment of stolen property, unlawful business practice and consumers legal remedies act and deceit.
“Tom and Erika routinely misappropriated client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV,” the docs claimed.
“As the layers have been pulled back more and more each day with the pending bankruptcies of Girardi Keese and Tom, and the torrent of claims and investigations that came in the wake of the firm’s collapse, the real story is one that seems like a tale out of a John Grisham novel: Girardi Keese was little more than a criminal enterprise, disguised as a law firm,” the lawsuit further alleged.
The paperwork also accused Jayne of “flaunting” her wealth, and “acting as the ‘frontwoman’ of the operation, selling to the world (including unsuspecting clients) that Girardi Keese was successful.”
”Indeed, the Girardi Keese firm operated what we now know was the largest criminal racketeering enterprise in the history of plaintiffs’ law. All told, it stole more than $100 million dollars from the firm’s clients, co-counsel, vendors, and many others unfortunate enough to do business with the firm,” the docs further allege.
“To this day, Erika uses her significant public platform to lie about her own involvement, and to try to assist Tom and the others in getting away with it.”
Jayne, for her part, has previously maintained her innocence both on and off camera – and while filming “RHOBH.”
“I feel terrible. This is not who I am,” she said during the Season 11 reunion in October 2021. “And I hope this is not who he is. … I hope that [Tom] has not done what is alleged here.”
Reps for Jayne did not immediately respond to Page Six’s latest request for comment.
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