(HorizonPost.com) – A Democratic megadonor was charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and four counts of criminal contempt of court last week, according to The Post Millennial. Tom Girardi, a disbarred lawyer recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was reportedly indicted by federal grand juries in California and Illinois.
The 83-year-old donor had reportedly mingled with high-profile figures, including Joe Biden, before his image was overshadowed by the countless allegations of embezzlements that totaled more than $15 million from 2010 to 2020 to pay for his firm’s payroll and his personal expenses.
“Girardi chose to steal from his clients and spend their money on his own personal expenses,” U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said during a press conference following Girardi’s indictment. “Our investigation has revealed that Mr. Girardi was robbing and stealing from those people who he claimed to be championing.”
A case in which Girardi wrongfully lied to his clients was with Joseph Ruigomez, a man who nearly burned to death in a fire. He had reportedly settled the injured man’s case for $53 million without notifying Ruigomez. He then lied to him, saying the case was settled for $7.25 million.
Before Girardi’s life was almost entirely made up of his legal troubles, tens of thousands of dollars had gone from him to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and many other local, state, and federal officials, according to Fox News. In 2019, hosting an event for presidential candidate Joe Biden, Girardi, his relatives, and employees reportedly donated more than $7.5 million to Democratic candidates.
The charges in Los Angeles carry a maximum 20-year federal prison sentence and include Christopher Kamon, the former chief financial officer of Girardi’s LA-based law firm. In Chicago, Girardi, his son-in-law, and Kamon allegedly stole $3 million in settlement funds that belonged to a family whose members died in a plane crash.
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