Officials expected to announce federal criminal indictment of attorney Michael Avenatti

Officials expected to announce federal criminal indictment of attorney Michael Avenatti

Officials expected to announce federal criminal indictment of attorney Michael Avenatti

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces 36 criminal charges after, federal prosecutors say, he was indicted Thursday by grand jury in southern California, according to the Associated Press.

"Knowing full well that the requested information could lead to inquiries that could reveal" the embezzlement, Avenatti ignored Johnson's request, causing the government to cut off his disability payments two months ago, according to prosecutors.

Avenatti also involved himself in the investigation of sexual abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly by giving the Chicago state's attorney's office what he said was a tape of the performer having sex with an underage girl. In California, it was alleged that Avenatti committed wire fraud and bank fraud to embezzle a client's money for the goal of paying off his own debts. Avenatti also disputed Nike's claim that it's been cooperating with a probe into corruption in college basketball, as Nike said after Avenatti was arrested outside the company's law firm.

Avenatti had been scheduled to face questioning about some of almost $15 million he owes attorney Jason Frank for legal work. "I look forward to proving my innocence", Avenatti tweeted.

Following the announcement, Avenatti tweeted that he remains "confident that justice will be done".

The court ordered federal agents to seize Avenatti's jet at Santa Barbara Airport on Wednesday.

If Avenatti was to be convicted of all charges in the new indictment, he could face up to 335 years in prison, according to the Los Angeles Times. In one case, Avenatti is accused of stealing funds from a paraplegic client after he helped them win a legal settlement.

U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said all Avenatti's crime are "linked to one another because money generated from one set of crimes appears in other sets", as payments to "lull victims and to prevent [his] financial house of cards from collapsing".

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Mr. Avenatti's former coffee business, Global Baristas US LLC, did not file employment tax returns and was responsible for $3.2 million in federal payroll taxes, the indictment alleges.

The attorney known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump is accused of fraudulently obtaining bank loans and pocketing funds belonging to a client.

The new charges say he embezzled from a paraplegic man and four other clients and shuffled money between several accounts to deceive them.

Breaking: A federal grand jury in California has indicted Michael Avenatti on 36 counts.

He lost both of her lawsuits, and Daniels now owes the president almost $300,000 in legal fees, more than double the $130,000 in hush money that Trump paid her to keep quiet about their alleged 2006 affair.

In New York, Avenatti said last month that the case was pushed by Nike in an attempt to distract attention from what he called its crimes.

Attorney Michael Avenatti poses with Mareli Miniutti for a photo at a party in NY in September 2018.

That was particularly the case as NY federal prosecutors uncovered an effort to silence Daniels in advance of the 2016 with hush money payments arranged by Trump's then-attorney Michael Cohen.

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