Michael Avenatti Charged With… A Whole Bunch MORE Stuff

Michael Avenatti Charged With… A Whole Bunch MORE Stuff

Michael Avenatti Charged With… A Whole Bunch MORE Stuff

Last month, Michael Avenatti was arrested on several charges that included bank and mail fraud as well as allegedly trying to extort Nike for over $20 million, and now the celebrity attorney has just been hit with a new 36 count indictment for separate criminal complaints.

Specifically, Avenatti faces 10 counts of wire fraud for taking more than $12 million won by clients and failing to provide them what they were owed.

"In each of the four cases of embezzlement alleged in the indictment, Avenatti received money on behalf of clients into client trust accounts, misappropriated the money, and lied to the clients about receiving the money or, in one case, claimed that the money had already been sent to the client", prosecutors said Thursday in a statement.

He also faces 19 counts relating to tax offenses, including failing to file his personal income tax returns in 2010.

When the IRS put tax levies on coffee company bank accounts to collect more than $5 million, Avenatti had Tully's employees deposit cash receipts in a little-known account, the indictment said.

Prosecutors say that Mr. Avenatti could face a maximum of 333 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges against him. Avenatti was accused of stiffing vendors and withholding money from the IRS, TheDCNF reported.

The indictment came about three weeks after Avenatti, best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested in NY on two separate criminal complaints filed by federal prosecutors in NY and California.

On the day of his arrest, federal agents executed search warrants at Avenatti's Century City apartment, his Echo Park law office and the Yorba Linda home of Judy Regnier, the office manager at Eagan Avenatti, according to the US attorney's office.

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In addition to Client 1, Hanna said, Avenatti followed a similar pattern with four other clients.

They threatened to go public unless Nike hired Avenatti to conduct an internal investigation for $15 million to $25 million, and paid an additional $1.5 million to the client, according to prosecutors. Avenatti never informed Johnson of the $4 million settlement, and instead funneled it to GB Autosport, LLC - a company he established to manage his race-car team - and to his failed coffee company, Global Baristas LLC.

When asked by The Associated Press last month about Johnson's case, Avenatti said his client approved all transactions and accounting and had been kept in the loop.

His lawyer, John Littrell, said an indictment means nothing.

Daniels's alleged affair in 2006 with President Donald Trump led in part to criminal charges against Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

He falsely told Johnson the payments were "advances" on a county settlement payment that had not yet arrived, according to the grand jury. In the NY case, Avenatti is accused of attempting to extort more than $20 million from sportswear company Nike.

On Thursday, asked about Avenatti's claim that the indictment was the result of a conspiracy by prominent figures Avenatti has antagonized, Hanna dismissed that allegation: "Nothing can be farther from the truth".

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