Erika Jayne and Ex Tom Girardi Sued for Allegedly Using Divorce to Embezzle Money From Crash Victims

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and her estranged lawyer husband, Thomas Girardi, are facing allegations of embezzlement in a new lawsuit. The pair are also being accused of faking their split as a means of facilitating the alleged embezzlement, according to multiplereports. ET has reached out reps for Girardi and Jayne for comment.

The lawsuit was filed by law firm Edleson PC in an Illinois federal court Wednesday, on behalf of several families who lost loved ones in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, which occurred in October 2018. 

According to the lawsuit, Girardi allegedly embezzled settlement money that was supposed to go to the family members of the victims.

Girardi and his wife are accused of using that money to fund their own lavish lifestyles and allegedly pay off loans to keep Girardi’s own law firm afloat.

“Tom has resorted to embezzling the proceeds of settlements

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Lawsuit alleges a ‘Real Housewives’ star’s divorce is a ‘sham’ to hide money meant for plane crash victims represented by her lawyer husband

Erika Jayne posing for the camera: A new lawsuit claims that Erika Jayne's divorce from husband Tom Girardi is a "sham" to hide embezzled money. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video

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A new lawsuit claims that Erika Jayne’s divorce from husband Tom Girardi is a “sham” to hide embezzled money. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video

  • A new lawsuit viewed by Insider says that Erika Jayne’s divorce from lawyer husband Tom Girardi is a “sham” to hide embezzled money.
  • In November, Jayne filed for divorce from Girardi after 21 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
  • But a recently filed complaint accuses Girardi of embezzling money from clients, including the “widows and orphans” of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash.
  • Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October 2018, killing all 189 people onboard. 
  • Girardi’s law firm represented the families of multiple victims. The new suit claims he kept settlement funds from them to help fund his and
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Firm calls Erika Jayne’s divorce a ‘sham’ to steal from plane crash victims

A Chicago law firm is claiming that Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi’s divorce is nothing more than “a sham” with the purpose of embezzling money from the families of victims of a deadly plane crash.

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In a class action lawsuit last year, Edelson PC represented the family’s of the victims of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed in 2018 during a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, killing all 189 people aboard. Tom’s law firm, Girardi Keese, was also involved in the lawsuit against Boeing, as the fateful plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8.

In early 2020, Boeing quietly reached individual settlements with the families of the crash victims. Now, Edelson claims that Tom has been embezzling money from the settlements to support his and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star’s lifestyle.

The lawsuit, filed in court on Dec. 2 and

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Rapper IDK Will Teach a Music Business Crash Course at Harvard

At 28, Jason Aaron Mills, known professionally as IDK, has already seen a lot of what life can throw at a person. Before landing a major label deal, the rapper-producer was incarcerated and struggling to find a purpose. But music propelled him.

IDK — short for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge” — wants to ensure the next person in similar shoes doesn’t have to fight so hard. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, IDK announced the launch of “No Label Academy,” a 10-day music business course curated for aspiring industry leaders who aren’t born with silver spoons in their mouths or record-executive relatives.

IDK’s team will pluck just-starting-out musicians, managers, publicists, A&Rs, and others from around the U.S. and invite them to gather at Harvard University’s Boston campus. The rapper and a number of celebrity guests will teach topics including financial literacy, contract negotiations, networking, social media strategy, and mental

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Report reveals Sheriff Lamb’s son was believed to be ‘impaired’ during near-fatal crash

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ — The son of Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb is potentially facing felony charges if toxicology results reveal what a Drug Recognition Expert suspected at the scene of his near-fatal car crash.

On July 8, Cooper Lamb smashed into the back of a bicyclist in the San Tan Valley area, on Gary Road just south of Judd Road.

“Impaired…and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.”

The crash happened while it was still light out, and the victim was biking on the shoulder.

The MCSO police report, obtained by

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Gonsalves’ lawyer says video shows the moment of impact in moped crash

Madeleine List
| The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — The lawyer for the family of Jhamal Gonsalves, a 24-year-old man who has been in a coma since an officer-involved moped crash last month, is bringing renewed attention to a video that has not been publicly released but that he says shows key moments of the crash that previously released videos do not.  

“From my perspective, when I watch it, I see an impact,” said the family’s lawyer, Jude Kerrison. “But I’m not going to sit here and say that somebody who’s a naysayer and does not want to see an impact is not going to watch it and say otherwise.” 

The key question in the case is whether or not an officer, Kyle Endres, who was following close behind Gonsalves’ moped, struck Gonsalves with his cruiser. So far, videos that have been released by the Providence Police Department have shown the

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A Dublin man faces prison for crash that killed a well-known lawyer

John Futty
| The Columbus Dispatch

A driver who struck and killed a prominent lawyer who was riding a bicycle in western Franklin County pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated vehicular homicide.

Vincent Depalma, 33, of Dublin, could be sent to prison for as many as five years when he is sentenced at a later date by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye.

Kurtis Tunnell, 58, a Hilliard resident who had served as top lawyer in the administration of the late Gov. George V. Voinovich, died on Aug. 31, 2019, after he was struck from behind by Depalma’s vehicle on Scioto and Darby Creek Road in Brown Township, near Hilliard.

Tunnell was taking a pre-dawn bicycle ride when the crash occurred at about 5 a.m. Depalma remained at the scene and a witness called 911. Tunnell was pronounced dead a little more than five hours later at OhioHealth Riverside

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Steve Barnes, founder of the well-known law firm Cellino & Barnes, dies in plane crash

Police responded to a 911 call about a possible crash at 11:46 a.m. Friday near Pembroke, east of Buffalo, New York, according to the Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

“Neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane heading from east to west,” Sheron said.

“It sounded like a loud winding noise as the plane was then observed going over a wooded area, [and] dropped from the sky. There was a loud crash and a fireball.”

“Then my mom yelled and I ran down the stairs and we looked out our window and there was this big plume of smoke and we didn’t see the plane go down, but we just felt it and saw the smoke.”

Law firm was known for its jingle

An advertisement for the Cellino & Barnes law firm at the the Prospect Avenue subway station in New York on  April 4, 2017.

Cellino & Barnes was identified with its commercials and phone number jingles.

They were known across much of New York for their catchy “Don’t wait, call
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South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was “distracted” before deadly crash, officials say

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was “distracted” before he drove onto a highway shoulder where he struck and killed a pedestrian in September, state Secretary of Safety Craig Price said Monday. Price said 55-year-old Joseph Boever was walking on the side of the road and displaying some type of light on the night of Sept. 12 when he was struck by Ravnsborg’s 2011 Ford Taurus.

Price did not describe what led Ravnsborg to become distracted. The final line in the “narrative” section of the state’s report reads: “The specific distraction is still under investigation.”  

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In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. 

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Ravnsborg called 911 that night and told a dispatcher that he hit “something” and that “it was in the middle of the road.” When the 911 dispatcher asked if it could have been a deer, Ravnsborg initially

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South Dakota attorney general was distracted before fatal crash: official

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) was distracted when he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car in September, Secretary of Public Safety Craig Price said on Monday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: South Dakota attorney general was distracted before fatal crash: official

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South Dakota attorney general was distracted before fatal crash: official

Ravnsborg, who is in his first term after being elected in 2018, hit 55-year-old Joseph Boever the night of Sept. 12 with his Ford Taurus when Boever was walking along the side of the road. Ravnsborg initially called 911 to say he thought he’d hit a deer; he discovered Boever’s body the next day.


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Boever was using some form of light and relatives believe he was walking to his truck, which he had crashed earlier, according to The Associated Press.

Price did not say what caused Ravnsborg to become distracted, the AP reported, or what kind of light Boever was using. An autopsy determined Boever’s

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