A new piece of evidence has been discovered in Tom Giriardi’s bankruptcy investigation.
Girardi — who is the estranged husband of reality star Erika Jayne — has found himself tangled in a complex legal mess after being accused of running an embezzlement scheme.
The former lawyer began making headlines after reports circulated that he and his law firm allegedly stole money from the families of plane crash victims.
According to a report from Radar, a laptop belonging to the 82-year-old has been found, and his victims are hoping it might contain some answers.
In the court documents obtained by the outlet, the trustee presiding over the bankruptcy investigation informed the court that the laptop had been discovered in the possession of Girardi’s former employee Christopher Kamon.
As OK! previously reported, Girardi — who is currently under the care of a conservatorship — filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at his petitioning creditors.
The trustee claimed that Kamon has been ordered to hand over the laptop and all of Girardi’s physical files and records in his possession. While Kamon initially argued that the laptop was used for personal information and could contain “sensitive” information, he eventually reached a deal to turn the laptop over.
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According to the docs, the trustee is hoping that the device might provide more information about Girardi’s shady finances, while his former clients are still wondering where their money went.
A group of orphans and widows currently claim that Girardi and Jayne owe $2 million, and another fire burn victim claims Girardi still owes him $11 million from a settlement he allegedly never received.
His estranged spouse was also hit with a $25 million federal bankruptcy lawsuit lodged against her by Giardi’s former clients, although the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 52, previously tried to get the lawsuit thrown out.
The TV personality claimed in the court documents that she should not be required to pay back any of the money as Girardi’s law firm was responsible for all of her finances.
“Ms. Girardi at all times was and is an entertainer with a 12th grade education," her attorney explains in the papers. "Ms. Girardi was never and is not an attorney, and she trusted that GK, Mr. Girardi, and the outside accountants, given their superior knowledge and expertise, prepared proper, lawful, and legitimate tax returns."
Jayne was originally offered the chance to pay back $25 million within a ten day period, which she denied.