My Twitter friend. Vicki Hyman of NJ.com, posted a piece today about Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris today. I read it, rolled my eyes at the story of yet another housewife who doesn’t pay her bills, thought about covering the story and decided to be lazy instead. I ran all over Atlanta, like ITP Atlanta doing some errands today and I wore myself out. Doing productive stuff is simply exhausting. So, I flopped on the couch and peeped at Instagram. It was there I saw Jac’s time line. I am now irked enough to sit upright and share this story with you.
First of all, read Vicki’s post here. I don’t normally cover this particular legal drama because the Laurita’s lawyers, perhaps the ones that are quitting now, or the ones who withdrew previously write the longest, most unintelligible motions in the history of law. There came a point where I just didn’t want to know what was going on badly enough to slog through it all.
The gist of today’s developments is that the Lauritas owe their current attorneys $290,000 and the attorneys can’t afford to carry the debt and the Laurita claim they can’t pay. So they are asking a judge to allow them to withdraw from the case. The case is essentially over the commingling of their business finances with their personal finances. Chris Laurita was part owner of Signature Apparel, a business that filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The trustee discovered that the Laurita’s used company funds for personal expenses. Things like renting private jets, and traveling and buying fancy stuff and getting cosmetic procedures. They are being sued for that money to repay the people who the company owed money to that did not get paid.
They also owe $338,337 to the state and $85,127 to Uncle Sam for unpaid taxes from 2013.
When their financial situation is referred to on RHONJ, the lovely couple claims that their financial problems are from all of the expensive treatments for their autistic son.
So now that you are up on the situation, here is what is on her Instagram. First of all she was in Las Vegas partying and watching the Falcons skin the Packers. She is also in a complete renovation of her house. There is a detailed post on the intricacies of washing all the crystals on her chandelier. There multiple photos of new furnishings she is considering for her remodel. I only went back a few weeks and there were two posts about cosmetic surgeries Jac has recently done. One was an eye lift and another was a wrinkle procedure.
And yet, the opposing counsel states that the Laurita’s claim they have no money to pay toward their debt.
I don’t get how these people live in the giant houses, and remodel and purchase all new furniture when they are in debt. How are their Bravo checks not being garnished? How do they get away with this? And their new business, the popcorn thing, they claim is doing well. It just got on the shelves of Whole Foods. So why are they not required to pay their bills?
I need someone to explain this to me.