Thursday, March 31, 2016

Erika Jayne's Lawyer Husband Sued Over Claims He Swindled Clients Out of $130 Million


DailyMail.com:
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne's top Los Angeles lawyer husband may soon be defending...himself.

Thomas Girardi, 76, along with fellow lawyer Robert Finnerty and the law firm Girardi-Keese have been slapped with a federal lawsuit. Girardi is a founding partner of the firm.

In court documents obtained exclusively by Daily Mail Online Tom is accused of defrauding clients out of millions of dollars won in a class action lawsuit.

It claims Girardi used the $130 million he won for them on an escrow payment, his divorce attorney and his partners.
A man named Paul Kranich filed the lawsuit in California to get Girardi to pay up the money Kranich claims he illegally stole.

In the lawsuit, Kranich alleges it is a case of: 'conspiracy, criminal fraud, theft and breach of trust in which Thomas V. Girardi, Girardi-Keese, a well-known plaintiff's law firm ('Girardi'), and other attorneys and employees of Girardi-Keese participated in and aided and abetted a scheme to defraud their clients by charging excessive fees and costs and fraudulently converting settlement proceeds to which Plaintiff and other clients.' 
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