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Newly uncovered records reveal that Tom Girardi, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Erika Jayne, purchased a $1.2 million home that is now owned by the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.
Tom, 83, was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2020 by multiple creditors who claimed that the attorney owed them tens of millions. The ex-couple was accused of embezzlement and fraud, and a court-appointed trustee was hired to evaluate and sell off Girardi’s assets to pay back his creditors. Erika has been embroiled in multiple lawsuits demanding that she return the money Tom’s firm spent to support her company, EJ Global.
Tom, who was accused of running his now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, like a Ponzi scheme, currently lives in an Orange County, California assisted living home.
The California State Bar launched an investigation after it was discovered that the disgraced lawyer had dodged accountability, despite racking up over 200 complaints. Investigators hope to identify those within the agency who potentially helped Tom avoid punishment.
Law360 recently unearthed records confirming that Tom purchased a home now owned by the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles branch. The same FBI office was behind the recent arrest of Tom’s CFO for alleged wire fraud.
The FBI Assistant Director In Charge, Donald Alway, owns half of the Carmel-by-the-Sea property, according to Law360. Tom reportedly paid the mortgage on the 1600 square ft home for Alway’s mother, Michelle. Bank records revealed that Tom made payments on the property from 1993-1998. The deed was transferred to Michelle Alway, who currently shares 50% of home ownership with her son, in June 2021. Michelle previously worked as Tom’s secretary at Girardi Keese.
“Since moving from FBI Headquarters to his new role in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2022, [Assistant Director in Charge] Alway has not been involved in this investigation, which largely predates his time in the Los Angeles Division,” an FBI rep told Law360.
As reported earlier this month, Tom Girardi’s ex-Chief Financial Officer was recently arrested by the feds on wire fraud charges. Court documents revealed that Girardi’s former financial officer was arrested in Maryland, per the FBI criminal complaint.
Christopher Kazuo Kamon, 49, appeared in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland on a wire fraud charge filed in the Central District of California. The affidavit supporting the criminal complaint had been sealed, but the alleged crime occurred “on or about the date of September 16, 2020, in the county of Los Angeles in the Central District of California,” which aligns with Kamon’s time at Girardi Keese.
The feds allege that Kamon has direct knowledge of Girardi Keese’s finances and allegedly knows how Tom Girardi scammed his clients.