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Bethenny Frankel claims she heard about Tom Girardi's financial woes four years ago

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It was revealed on Wednesday that Erika Jayne and estranged husband Tom Giradi’s property in La Quinta is now on the market to help pay off some of the former couple’s creditors and legal debts. 

And former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel spoke out the former couple’s legal woes, revealing that she is not surprised and that she heard about their financial woes as early as 2017.

The 50-year-old star claimed that her ex fiancé Dennis Shields told her that Tom allegedly owes money to everyone and that his financial issues were a ‘widely known best-kept secret,’ while speaking on her Just B podcast via People. 

former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel spoke out the former couple's legal woes, revealing that she is not surprised and that she heard about their financial woes as early as 2017

former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel spoke out the former couple’s legal woes, revealing that she is not surprised and that she heard about their financial woes as early as 2017

Dennis died in 2018 at 51 of an apparent drug overdose; Dennis knew Tom, 82, because they both worked in the legal field.

During the podcast, Bethenny said that it all started after she questioned how Erika, 50, could afford her lifestyle – including $40,000 a month on glam.

She learned that the RHOBH star was ‘spending a crazy amount of money’ that she felt could be ‘hard to sustain’, which led her to bring it up to Dennis. 

Bethenny said: ‘Dennis said to me, “He doesn’t have it like that. He owes me money. He owes me half a million dollars. I know this other guy he owes a million and a half dollars.”‘

Doesn't add up: During the podcast, Bethenny said that it all started after she questioned how Erika could afford her lifestyle - including $40,000 a month on glam

Doesn’t add up: During the podcast, Bethenny said that it all started after she questioned how Erika could afford her lifestyle – including $40,000 a month on glam

‘”He doesn’t have money. He owes everybody money,”‘ the star claimed.

‘And I go, “What are you talking about? How is she flying around on [private planes]?” And he said, “It’s because he’s using people’s money to support her lifestyle. He’s using the company’s money to support her lifestyle.” Dennis said this. And I said, “What are you talking about?”‘ she added.

Bethenny continued: ‘And Dennis was like, “Yeah, no, he owes me money and it aggravates everybody. ” I said, “Why would he do that?” He goes, “He can’t say no to her.”‘  

The reality star said that when the news came out, Andy Cohen called me and he reportedly said: ‘Holy s**t. You really do know it all. You told me about this years ago.”‘

She recalled that she told him: ‘Yeah, I told you. You know, #IKnowItAll. so I knew about this whole thing. I knew since, yeah, probably 2017 and 2018, I knew about this.’ 

While she doesn’t know Erika well, she did say that ‘people flaunting and showing a lot of what they have, very often it’s all show and no go.’

‘People are just so tempted. They must, they must show a lifestyle. And you cannot create a life out of a lifestyle. You can create a lifestyle out of a life but you can’t lifestyle your way into a life. And I think that people just get so tempted to show everything and say everything instead of just keeping quiet. And that’s so much stronger.’ 

Claims: The 50-year-old star claimed that her ex fiancé Dennis Shields told her that Tom allegedly owes money to everyone and that his financial issues were a 'widely known best-kept secret,' while speaking on her Just B podcast via People

Claims: The 50-year-old star claimed that her ex fiancé Dennis Shields told her that Tom allegedly owes money to everyone and that his financial issues were a ‘widely known best-kept secret,’ while speaking on her Just B podcast via People

Tom and estranged wife Erika Jayne, who split in November 2020, are facing claims of allegedly embezzling settlement funds that were meant to help the families of the Lion Air plane crash victims.

In December, Tom and his Girardi Keese law firm were sued for allegedly embezzling funds from families who lost loved ones during the 2018 Boeing plane crash.

That same month, Tom was sued by his business partners, which led to his chapter 7 bankruptcy petition; clients of the law firm are also suing him, alleging that their money was also misappropriated.

In March, the LA Times reported that there had been more than 100 lawsuits filed and multiple complaints made to the California State Bar against Girardi by disgruntled clients who alleged financial wrongdoing and theft between the 1980s and up until last year.

In June, Jayne has been ‘ordered to turn over financial records’ from her accountant, lawyer and landlord as part of the embezzlement investigation and a bankruptcy trustee is documenting the couple’s assets.

Throwback: Tom and estranged wife Erika Jayne, who split in November 2020, are facing claims of allegedly embezzling settlement funds that were meant to help the families of the Lion Air plane crash victims

Throwback: Tom and estranged wife Erika Jayne, who split in November 2020, are facing claims of allegedly embezzling settlement funds that were meant to help the families of the Lion Air plane crash victims

It’s been alleged that the split provided a way for the couple to embezzle funds and that Jayne had received ‘tens of millions of dollars’ from her husband’s firm to fund her projects, Us Weekly reported in June.  

An investigator in the bankruptcy trial of Tom and Erika says he wants to take into account ‘inconsistent statements’ the reality star has made on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Investigator Ronald Richards told Us Weekly: ‘There’s a lot of inconsistent statements and admissions made by the non-scripted actors that we’re putting together to use in court.’

Asked whether the attorney has seen ‘a lot of inconsistencies with the story’ being told on RHOBH in regards to Erika and Tom’s lawsuit and financial woes, Richards said: ‘That’s correct.’

Richards added that his team is ‘going to take discovery from people that used to work for her.’

He added that Jayne, her former employees, and her costars could be called in for questioning, though it is unclear when.

Interesting: An investigator in the bankruptcy trial of Tom and Erika says he wants to take into account 'inconsistent statements' the reality star has made on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Interesting: An investigator in the bankruptcy trial of Tom and Erika says he wants to take into account ‘inconsistent statements’ the reality star has made on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

‘There’s a lot of things we’re still trying to uncover,’ he told the outlet. ‘We are going to be deposing her (Erika) at some point, but I want to get all the documents first. What’s important right now is following the money.’

This could make things tense for Erika, who has been very open on RHOBH about the case, recently telling her housewives co-stars: ‘I’d like to know where the money is.’

In a separate interview with the outlet Richards says he has found records that indicate Girardi Keese funds were used to buy jewelry, although has yet to find proof that it is connected to Erika.

‘We saw jewelry payments that the firm has bought from a jeweler,’ he told the outlet, adding this in his estimation the purchases were in the ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ range. 

This month, their home in California’s resort city of La Quinta went up for sale.

The $1.25 million home is going on the market to help pay off some of the former couple’s creditors and legal debts amid their ongoing divorce and embezzlement scandal.

Erika previously surprised her costars on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills when she claimed she had never set foot in the home. 

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