Tom Girardi formally struck off bar by California Federal Court amid embezzlement scandal
Tom Girardi REMOVED from the Federal Bar! Distressed ex-lawyer kicked out of practice by California Federal Court amid embezzlement scandal … but state deregistration still pending
- Girardi Keese’s attorney was struck out of the bar federally according to documents filed under the Central District of California on Friday, August 20
- State deregistration is still in progress
- Tom would have “not challenged the decision”
- The 82-year-old former high-level prosecutor was placed under guardianship following a petition in February over a diagnosis of dementia.
- He is currently in the midst of a huge embezzlement scandal for embezzlement of settlement funds intended for victims of Lion Air flight 610 and others.
Things continue to take a dark turn for Girardi Keese’s attorney, Tom Girardi.
The 82-year-old former high-profile prosecutor was struck off the bar by the federal government on Friday according to documents filed with the Central District of California, which were obtained by PEOPLE.
Girardi – who was placed under guardianship due to a diagnosis of dementia – is said to have “not challenged the decision” and a state removal is still pending.
Hot water: Lawyer for Girardi Keese, 82, was officially struck off the bar according to documents filed by the Central District of California on Friday, August 20, but a state expulsion is still pending; in the photo 2019
News of Girardi’s federal deregistration was first revealed by a podcast host named Emily Baker on Twitter.
In March, the California State Bar filed disciplinary charges against him because they accused him of embezzling millions of client funds and cited more than 100 lawsuits, alleging “financial wrongdoing and flights, ”according to the LA Times.
On May 27, legal documents showed that the Central District of California had issued an order “to justify” why it “should not be written off” that was due 30 days from the date of issue.
After receiving no response, Girardi was ruled “ineligible to practice law” in federal court, but Baker’s removal from the state bar is still pending.
Latest news: Podcast host named Emily Baker was the first to reveal news of her federal deregistration
Follow-up: Despite being struck off by a federal court, his removal from the state bar is still pending
Baker added that he “has not responded to any of these actions” yet.
Tom – who was last seen in public on August 3 with a huge bruise under his eye – has been placed under the care of his younger brother Robert who filed a first petition in February.
In June, Robert was appointed permanent curator of his estate and person after being diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, both referred to as “major neurocognitive disorders”.
Girardi’s legal troubles began in December 2020, when a Chicago federal judge froze his assets and said the famous Los Angeles-based lawyer had “embezzled at least $ 2 million” intended for the families of those killed in the crash of Lion Air flight 610 in Indonesia.
A month earlier, his ex-wife, the real-life housewife Erika Jayne, had filed for divorce – which many took as a ploy to preserve the remaining assets of the former multimillionaires.
Broken down: The former couple are in the midst of a huge embezzlement scandal after it was revealed they had embezzled millions of funds from victims of the Lion Air flight 610 crash in Indonesia and countless other victims
In legal testimony from September 2020, Girardi confessed “At one point I had about $ 80 or $ 50 million in cash” but said it was all “gone.”
In one of Edelson’s early trials, it was said that Tom and his company Girardi Keese were “on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of rising debt and falling funds.”
News of Girardi’s delisting follows reports that Erika – who claimed to have no involvement in the ongoing embezzlement scandal because she was ‘kept off the books’ – had spent $ 25million dollars in personal expenses from 2008 to 2020.
The breakdown of his hefty expense bill – which apparently used settlement money intended for orphans and widows – reads:
$ 14,259,012.84 charged to his American Express card, $ 1,532,774.88 spent at the McDonald Selznick Associates agency (which represents dancers and choreographers) and an additional amount $ 1,417,587.50 on unknown purchases.
His company Girardi Keese has now started auctioning off a handful of Jayne’s personal memorabilia and collectibles, including artwork and furniture, to pay creditors in the bankruptcy case. .
Yikes: The news of Girardi’s delisting follows reports that Erika – who claimed to have no involvement in the ongoing embezzlement scandal because she was ‘kept off the books’ – had spent $ 25 million in personal expenses from 2008 to 2020; Erika pictured in May