Attorney Jay Edelson Explains Thomas Girardi's Two Indictments, Why the IRS' Investigation Against Erika Jayne is "Very Bad News" for RHOBH Star

Lawyer Jay Edelson, one of many many who’ve taken authorized motion in opposition to Thomas Girardi and his estranged spouse, the Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, appeared on a podcast the place he defined the current indictments in opposition to Thomas and commented on the grim outlook indicated by the IRS’ investigation into Erika funds.

Whereas additionally suggesting that extra indictments might be coming, the lawyer shared what he believes might in the end tie Erika to Thomas’ crimes in opposition to his former purchasers.

“There are two units of indictments which have occurred,” Jay defined on an episode of Reality Life With Kate Casey, stating that the main target is on the Lion Air settlement fraud in Chicago whereas prosecutors in Los Angeles are specializing in the “prison enterprise” generally known as Girardi Keese.

On the time of Thomas’ indictments final month, his regulation agency’s former chief monetary officer (CFO), Christopher Kamon, was additionally indicted, as was his son-in-law, David Lira, who beforehand labored on the agency.

“I feel he’s in large hassle,” Jay suspected, including {that a} third set of prosecutors are additionally concerned.

“We’re anticipating that there are going to be lots of different indictments, legal professionals, and different folks related to the Girardi crime household,” he stated.

In keeping with Jay, the indictments took longer than a typical civil case as a result of they have been a prison matter.

“You actually need to have all of the proof once you file, you may have to have the ability to show your case… I feel they wish to guarantee that that they had a very tight case,” he shared.

Jay additionally suspects prosecutors might have been hoping that these concerned within the instances would activate each other.

“I believe that lots of the folks that they’ve been focusing on … Query is whether or not they would begin flipping on others within the crime syndicate. And that course of takes a while as effectively,” he continued, giving a nod to Keith Griffin, a former Girardi Keese lawyer, who has not but been indicted.

“If there may be one one who’s going to rat all people out, it’s Keith Griffin,” he revealed.

Whereas Jay is joyful to see folks lastly being “criminally prosecuted,” he acknowledges that lots of work will have to be completed to seek out out whether or not or not Thomas is competent sufficient to face trial. As RHOBH followers effectively know, Thomas was recognized with Alzheimer’s in early 2021 and has been below a conservatorship ever since.

“We predict that he’s faking it. Should you noticed, like, the images that have been taken of him going into court docket, you understand, he appeared like a 140-year-old man. What I heard from others who noticed him when the cameras weren’t rolling, he was very spry and had some pep in his step,” Jay alleged. “I haven’t seen his medical information. However you understand, my view is he’s a liar.

“There’s no query that he was competent as he was finishing up the Ponzi scheme,” he went on.

As for Erika’s IRS drama, which options million in overdue again taxes, Jay stated it’s “very unhealthy information for Erika Jayne” that their prison division is investigating.

“I feel that her prison publicity actually comes from the IRS,” he reasoned. “So she signed these joint tax returns. And you understand, one factor, which isn’t intuitive to most individuals, is that if you happen to truly steal cash, you’ve acquired to report that as revenue. And if you happen to don’t, you get into hassle, even criminally, with the IRS.”

“That’s the place I feel she truly might have a ton of legal responsibility. Tom was stealing 10s of tens of millions of {dollars}. I’m positive he wasn’t reporting as revenue, she signed off on that,” he famous.

Whereas Jay admitted that he’s uncertain of how a lot Erika knew in regard to Thomas’ misdeeds, he stated he believes he’ll be capable to show she benefited from his crimes, describing the RHOBH solid member because the frontwoman of Thomas’ scheme.

“Even when he signed up the Lion Air purchasers, part of the presentation was Tom’s married to Erika Jayne, and she or he’s this wealthy movie star and that reveals how profitable he [was],” he revealed. “These are folks in Indonesia, and what you’re saying is, that is an extremely profitable lawyer. They usually’re very highly effective and influential. And I feel it did have some impact.”

Additionally, in the course of the podcast, Jay stated that in the case of Erika’s position on RHOBH, he doesn’t really feel it has labored in her favor.

“The variety of issues that she stated on the present had been so unhealthy for her. And we’re positively going to make use of that, as we’re prosecuting our civil claims. And we’re going to have the ability to present that she was mendacity to the general public,” he declared. “She has a reality drawback. She lies on a regular basis. And he or she lied about some key issues, together with in regards to the monetary situation of Girardi Keese and her household, when she knew that they have been out of cash.”

Jay then famous that Erika’s feedback about her instances, together with her suggestion of being “vindicated” and instances in opposition to her being dismissed, have been “so random.”

“I can’t inform if she’s mendacity about them, or if she actually simply isn’t getting good recommendation from her lawyer,” he defined. “[The cases] weren’t dismissed. They’re refiled simply in a unique jurisdiction.”

The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13 is at present in manufacturing.

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