The rep for “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne has confirmed with Heavy that a scam was started in Erika’s name.
A fake GoFundMe account was set up in Erika’s name, her rep confirmed.
“This campaign is a scam thanks for bringing it to my attention I have contacted gofundme about this,” Erika’s rep, Jack Ketsoyan told Heavy.
The campaign page has since been taken down.
Here’s what you need to know about the scam:
The Scam GoFundMe Campaign Was Set up Asking for $1,000,000 for Erika Jayne’s ‘Legal Defense Fund’
The campaign asked donors to help raise $1,000,000 for legal defense costs surrounding Erika’s pending lawsuits related to her husband Tom Girardi’s business. Erika filed for divorce from Tom in November 2020 but the divorce had still not been finalized as of mid-December 2021.
The GoFundMe was titled “RHOBH Erika Jayne Legal Defense Fund” and the description of the fake account read, “This Legal Defense Fund is for Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star, ERIKA JAYNE to help support Erika during these troubling times as her husband has been forced into bankruptcy. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to Erika Jayne’s attorneys to be held in escrow on her behalf as she navigates through the legal process. Thank you.”
Erika Is Involved in a Lawsuit Accusing Her & Tom of ‘Embezzling Settlement Funds’ Intended for Victims Families of Lion Air Flight 610 Crash
In December 2020, Erika and her estranged husband Tom Girardi were slapped with a lawsuit that “accused them of embezzling settlement funds intended to help the families of Lion Air Flight 610 victims,” according to Us Weekly.
The outlet also reported that Edelson PC, the law firm bringing the class-action suit against the couple, called Erika’s filing for divorce “a sham attempt to fraudulently protect” the couple’s money and claimed Erika and Tom “are on the verge of financial collapse and locked in a downward spiral of mounting debts and dwindling funds.”
The divorce and lawsuit were heavily featured on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” season 11 and are currently being filmed for season 12.
Erika Was Ordered to Turn Over Her Credit Card Bills in the Lawsuit
According to Radar Online, which obtained court documents, Erika and Tom have been ordered to turn over credit card statements that detail Erika’s lavish spending over the last 10-plus years of her marriage.
The credit card bills will be used in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy suit, according to the outlet.
“While the Debtor’s bank statements contain general line item entries relating to the payments, no additional information was found in the Debtor’s records that sheds any light on the nature of the payments made, or if the Debtor received reasonably equivalent value in exchange for the payments,” the outlet reported as the reason for the request into the credit card records.
On the season 11 reunion Erika addressed rumors that $20 million was deposited into her account.
“There is not $20 million, no,” Erika said. “My lawyer wrote to Page Six, to E!, everybody else, but somehow or another, that doesn’t seem to be told.”
Erika also said she stayed with Tom because he controlled her finances, including her Real Housewives paychecks.
“I’ll say this. I was 27 when I went in, he was 60, the power balance is way out of whack,” she said on the reunion. “I trusted this man. All my finances were kept down at the firm.”