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California State Bar investigates whether investigators were influenced by disgraced legal titan Tom Girardi

A new investigation has launched into whether disbarred Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi escaped the discipline of cheating clients by offering investigators private plane flights, wine-soaked lunches and Las Vegas parties, while he made millions. transferred from customers.

Girardi made legal headlines in December 2020, when a federal judge froze his assets, saying he had “embezzled at least $2 million” intended for the families of those killed in Indonesia’s Lion Air Flight 610 crash for his glitzy Hollywood finance a lifestyle.

The allegations were made a month before his estranged wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, filed for divorce from him — what many saw as a ploy to preserve the former multimillionaires’ remaining assets.

Girardi — who once had a fortune worth $264 million — has been the subject of more than 100 lawsuits and multiple complaints to the California State Bar filed by disgruntled customers who have accused him of theft, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

As part of the investigation, it was revealed that he was offering officials private jets, wine-soaked lunches, Las Vegas parties and free legal representation at a time when he was accused of siphoning settlement money from clients and other unethical behavior. That reports the Angeles Times.

Girardi, who was suspended in August 2021, has not been a lawyer since December 2020. Earlier that same year, he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s — both characterized as “severe neurocognitive impairment.”

California State Bar investigates whether investigators were influenced by disgraced

Girardi is currently under investigation on charges that he “embezzled at least $2 million” intended for the families of those killed in the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia. On Monday, the California State Bar launched a new investigation into whether the disgraced legal titan offered wine-soaked lunches and other benefits to investigators to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing. Pictured: Girardi and estranged wife Erika Jayne pictured in 2016 above

Girardi, who appeared regularly on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside now-estranged wife Erika Jayne, was suspended in August 2021 and has been without a lawyer since December 2020.  Earlier that same year, he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer's — both characterized as 'severe neurocognitive impairment'

Girardi, who appeared regularly on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside now-estranged wife Erika Jayne, was suspended in August 2021 and has been without a lawyer since December 2020.  Earlier that same year, he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer's — both characterized as 'severe neurocognitive impairment'

Girardi, who appeared regularly on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside now-estranged wife Erika Jayne, was suspended in August 2021 and has been without a lawyer since December 2020. Earlier that same year, he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s — both characterized as ‘severe neurocognitive impairment’

On Monday, the State Bar of California announced an additional investigation into Girardi, which is being handled by an outside law firm, which will seek to “identify actions by anyone with ties to the State Bar that may constitute a felony in the way complaints against Girardi are handled.” disciplined. were treated.’

In September, the State Bar retained the law firm of Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg to conduct the investigation.

“The State Bar’s management and staff take the immense damage Thomas Girardi has done to innocent victims very seriously,” said Ruben Duran, chairman of the State Bar’s Board of Trustees, adding that details of the investigation must be kept confidential. continue to comply with the law and give this investigation the best chance of success. “Mark our words: we’ll go where the evidence takes us.”

The decision to make the investigation public comes as Sacramento lawmakers are preparing the annual bill that determines membership dues, which are a large portion of the agency’s funding, the Los Angeles Times reported.

For years, Girardi had a respected reputation as a legal titan. He has a record of winning billions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, automakers and polluters on behalf of injured and defrauded customers.

His career milestone was winning an environmental pollution case on behalf of residents of the town of Hinkley in the Mojave Desert against Pacific Gas & Electric over contaminated drinking water that caused cancer and other diseases, resulting in a $333 million settlement. That case inspired the 2000 Oscar-winning film “Erin Brockovich” starring Julie Roberts.

But with it came a luxurious lifestyle, and Girardi was known for throwing extravagant holiday and Super Bowl parties with appearances from Jay Leno, Burt Bacharach, LeeAnn Rimes, and Penn & Teller.

Girardi – who was last seen in public on August 3 last year with a massive bruise under his eye – was placed under the guardianship of his younger brother Rober, who first filed a petition in February.

Tom Girardi's estranged wife Erika Jayne has repeatedly denied knowledge of her Girardi's misconduct, but fellow Housewives stars have reportedly said they were aware of the scandal

Tom Girardi's estranged wife Erika Jayne has repeatedly denied knowledge of her Girardi's misconduct, but fellow Housewives stars have reportedly said they were aware of the scandal

Tom Girardi’s estranged wife Erika Jayne has repeatedly denied knowledge of her Girardi’s misconduct, but fellow Housewives stars have reportedly said they were aware of the scandal

In August, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi is now living in a retirement home in Burbank, California, after saying goodbye to the lavish life at his $13 million Pasadena mansion.

In August, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi is now living in a retirement home in Burbank, California, after saying goodbye to the lavish life at his $13 million Pasadena mansion.

In August, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi is now living in a retirement home in Burbank, California, after saying goodbye to the lavish life at his $13 million Pasadena mansion.

In June, Robert was appointed permanent conservator of his estate and person after he was diagnosed with dementia and late Alzheimer’s – both characterized as ‘severe neurocognitive impairment’.

His estranged wife, Erika Jayne, has repeatedly denied knowledge of Girardi’s wrongdoing, but fellow Housewives stars have reportedly said they were aware of the scandal.

Camille Grammer claimed she learned about her and Girardi’s financial difficulties during Andy Cohen’s 2019 baby shower, page six reported.

Fellow reality star Bethenny Frankel said Girardi’s woes were the “worst kept secret” in LA, claiming he owed her late ex-boyfriend Dennis Shields $500,000.

According to Page Six, Jayne remained silent when asked about Giradi’s comments.

In August last year, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi is now living in a retirement home in Burbank, California, after saying goodbye to the luxury of living in his $13 million Pasadena mansion.

The price for Belmont Village Senior Living in Burbank would be between $4,545 and $4,750 per month for a private suite.

The facility has staff available 24/7 and features a chef-prepared dinner with 24 daily meals.

The cost of the facility depends on the room type and level of care required.

Girardi’s move to the healthcare facility followed allegations by Jayne that she had received death threats after she was alleged to have spent $25 million from Girardi’s law firm on credit card purchases and fees for her glamor crew.

Attorneys for the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the firm Girardi Keese allege that the company transferred the money to Jayne’s EJ Global LLC, according to a letter they sent to her attorney.

The letter will be filed with the bankruptcy court as part of the legal process, a source told the outlet.

Jayne had said on an episode of RHOBH that in August that the relatives of the victims of the plane crash in Indonesia “owe their money,” but she was unaware that Girardi had given her $20 million in loans from his law firm.

In July, a judge ruled that Jayne may have to pay three other Girardi clients for embezzling $11 million out of his own pocket.

In the same month, the former couple lowered the price of their Pasadena home from $13 million to $9.98 million.

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