Erika Jayne must now give up a prized possession amid legal troubles

Erika Jayne is facing some legal troubles after her ex-husband Tom Girardi became involved in illegal dealings with his law firm Girardi & Keese. According to People, Tom is accused of embezzling funds that were supposed to be given to the families of victims who died in a plane crash in 2018. There are countless other charges of racketeering and embezzlement against Tom, but Jayne claims she was unaware of her husband’s illegal transactions until they came to light. In March 2021, Girardi lost his license to practice law due to the legal issues surrounding him and his business, according to Us Weekly.

Jayne is a reality star on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and finds herself in the midst of her ex-husband’s legal troubles. She told Us Weekly: “I’m the center of attention. I’m the face for it, instead of the attorneys who’ve been working at the firm and referring attorneys and, you know, people funding the law — instead, they’re pointing at me,” Jayne continued. It was tough on my mental health. Without a doubt. But again, I couldn’t lose and I just wanted to fight it any way I could, and I still am.”

Girardi was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in 2021, according to Page Six. And despite Jayne claiming ignorance of Girardi’s illegal dealings, years later she still faces legal troubles. Now she must give up one of her most prized possessions.

Erika now has to give up a piece of jewelry that she has grown fond of

Tom Girardi gave Erika Jayne a very expensive pair of diamond earrings valued at $750,000 during their marriage, which she now has to return. During a June 28 hearing, Judge Barry Russell concluded that the earrings were purchased with stolen funds that Law 360 said should go to injured people. Judge Russell believes Jayne was unaware the earrings were bought with stolen money, but unfortunately she has yet to return them. The earrings are now considered stolen property. Jayne’s attorney Evan Borges spoke about the incident during the hearing.

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“My client takes this very seriously, Your Honor,” Borges continued, “My client left this marriage to move into a rental apartment, filed for divorce herself, and all she took with her were her personal belongings, to which jewelry, but all she has are these personal belongings, plus her income from ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’.”

Girardi’s health and battle with Alzheimer’s has apparently deteriorated. He is now under a conservatory run by his brother, according to the Daily Mail. Jayne is now facing two lawsuits, one for “aiding and abetting” her ex-husband, according to Page Six, and another for being the “front woman” in a fraud scheme involving Girardi. The latter is a $50 million racketeering lawsuit. Despite all the legal troubles, Jayne continues to star in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.