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michael avenatti charged in 36 count indictment including bank fraud and tax evasion

More legal trouble for Michael Avenatti. Facing allegations he tried to extort Nike, the lawyer is now charged with stealing millions from clients and failing to pay taxes. He says he's innocent

federal prosecutors painted a picture of attorney michael avenatti on thursday, april 11th, as a scheming operator who stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes, lied to investigators and tried to hide money from debtors in bankruptcy proceedings.

a 36-count indictment returned late wednesday in u.s. district court in santa ana, california, offered the most damning and detailed account to date of avenatti’s apparent fall from grace a year after he seized the spotlight while crusading for porn actress, stormy daniels, in her legal battles against d*nald tr*mp.

avenatti embezzled settlement funds and proceeds from other matters he handled for five clients and doled out small portions, sometimes labeling them as “advances” to prevent thefts from being discovered, prosecutors said.

“money generated from one set of crimes was used to further other crimes,” u.s. attorney, nick hanna, told reporters. “typically in the form of payments designed to string along victims so as to prevent mr. avenatti’s financial house of cards from collapsing.”

the 61-page southern california indictment adds dozens of counts and details charges that carry a potential prison sentence of 335 years, prosecutors said. even if convicted of all counts, such a term is highly unlikely.

avenatti faces 10 counts of wire fraud for stealing from a paraplegic man and four other clients he allegedly deceived by taking their money and using it to fund a lifestyle that included living in multimillion-dollar homes, sponsoring an auto racing team and flying in his own private jet, authorities said. the jet was seized wednesday, april 10th, by federal agents.

he was also charged with 19 tax counts, including lying to an internal revenue service officer, not paying personal income taxes since 2010, failing to pay taxes for his businesses, including two law firms, and pocketing payroll taxes from the tully’s coffee chain (op note: patrick dempsey sued michael avenatti for release from his ownership of tully's coffee; accusing avenatti of not fulfilling his obligations to the company back in 2013), the indictment said.

by Anonymousreply 2004/21/2019

he's going to be someone's bitch in no time

by Anonymousreply 104/12/2019

This is the same guy DL was predicting would be the force DJT would have to reckon with.

This is the same guy MSNBC was citing as an expert on everything Trump, giving him as much air time as he desired.

Oh well, back to the drawing board.

by Anonymousreply 204/12/2019

[quote]This is the same guy MSNBC was citing as an expert on everything Trump, giving him as much air time as he desired.

Well, it takes a crook to know one.

by Anonymousreply 304/12/2019

Jesus, OP - How did you manage to paste that removing all capitalization?

If this doesn't spell out precisely the scum that Avenatti is, he first stole from a paraplegic mentally ill man then insured that his Social Security and Medical got cut off"

[quote]In November, when the Social Security Administration requested information to determine if Johnson should continue to receive disability benefits, Avenatti said he would respond, but didn’t because he knew it could lead to the discovery of his embezzlement, the indictment said. The failure to respond led to Johnson’s disability benefits being cut off in February.

by Anonymousreply 404/12/2019

Nice guy.

by Anonymousreply 504/13/2019

He's a piece of shit. If he wants to run for president, I think he'd be better off in the Republican Party. They love the grifters.

by Anonymousreply 604/13/2019

hes very very similiar to trump really, except smarter...............it never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to to live a very lavish lifestyle. ........he had (some) rich successful clients, he lived in the LA area where extreme wealth is everywhere on display........then factor in the extreme media exposure he experienced for about 4 months and I guess it adds up. Its too bad as he is going to be spending a long time in prison and that brainpower and charisma is going to be rotting away. I would rank him high as a flight risk.

by Anonymousreply 704/13/2019

The irony is, if not for Avenatti, we may never have known about the payoffs to Stormy and the Playmate, and there wouldn't be any investigation into the illegal campaign contributions.

by Anonymousreply 804/13/2019

[quote]federal prosecutors painted a picture of attorney michael avenatti on thursday, april 11th, as a scheming operator

The same picture anyone who was clear headed and not deluded saw when Avenatti appeared on MSNBC and CNN.

by Anonymousreply 904/13/2019

He's still hot as fuck.

by Anonymousreply 1004/13/2019

How come there can be so many charges against Avenatti but no charges against Trump, who’s even worse?

by Anonymousreply 1104/13/2019

I’d still lick his balls.

by Anonymousreply 1204/13/2019

I thought the very first charge against him regarding the woman he supposedly abused was maybe some kind of frame-up by the Trumpters, but it seems he really is just another crooked motherfucker. I do believe he knows some real shit in regards to the Nike/college recruit stuff.

by Anonymousreply 1304/13/2019

So they got him. The story of how it really happened should be fascinating. I look forward to the book by a resourceful journalist.

by Anonymousreply 1404/13/2019

So many liberals thought he had the goods on Trump and some even thought he should run for president. Real dupes.

by Anonymousreply 1504/13/2019

OP, please capitalize proper nouns.... I am so triggered.

by Anonymousreply 1604/13/2019

Michael Avenatti 'Savior of the Republic' | SUPERcuts

by Anonymousreply 1704/14/2019

It's a vast rightwing conspiracy.

by Anonymousreply 1804/15/2019

How evil is this cunt? Michael Avenatti made his mentally-ill paraplegic client sign a positive testimonial about him when he realized the man would soon learn about the claim that he had stolen his $4 million settlement, later using the statement as proof he didn't steal from him, a lawyer has exclusively told DailyMail.com.

Avenatti was indicted for 36 criminal offenses last week including charges that he stole the multi-million dollar settlement from Geoffrey Johnson, who had hired Avenatti to fight a case against Los Angeles County after he was poorly treated in a county jail.

After negotiating the $4 million settlement in 2015, Avenatti allegedly hid the cash from Johnson, pretending the money couldn't be paid out and doled out as little as $1,000 per month as 'advances'.

It was revealed by DailyMail.com that Avenatti had allegedly defrauded Johnson in a debtor's examination hearing last month, where the lawyer was grilled by a partner at his former firm over his assets.

Immediately after the hearing - knowing that the story would get out - a panicked Avenatti drove to Johnson's house to try to cover up the alleged fraud, making him sign the testimonial that praised his services, Johnson's lawyer told DailyMail.com.

The embattled attorney then tweeted out a copy of the testimonial when the indictment dropped on April 11 as proof of his innocence in mishandling clients' money.

by Anonymousreply 1904/16/2019

R8 That is just not true. No matter how many times that he takes credit for it. We now know from federal court filings that investigators found out about the payments through Michael Cohen a full month before Stormy Daniels hired Avenatti. Avenatti got her in front of TV cameras first. But a fed judge was already reviewing the campaign finance violations and it would have been made public in the court room a short time later. Where journalists would have picked it up and ran with it

by Anonymousreply 2004/21/2019
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