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Celeb lawyer Avenatti faces slew of charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/11/19, 02:06 pm

Federal prosecutors in California said Thursday they had indicted attorney Michael Avenatti on 36 counts of stealing millions of dollars from clients, tax evasion, bank fraud, and lying during bankruptcy proceedings. Avenatti, 48, was arrested last month in New York on unrelated allegations he tried to shake down Nike for up to $25 million.

The high-profile attorney is best known for representing pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, in lawsuits against President Donald Trump. Those suits have been dismissed. The 61-page indictment against Avenatti gave a laundry list of alleged greed and graft spanning years, during which the lawyer is accused of embezzling settlement money from clients, lying about his income to banks and the government, and shuffling millions of dollars from one account to another to try to cover up his deception. The new charges against him carry a potential sentence of 335 years in prison. On Thursday, he said he planned to plead not guilty and called the accusations “bogus nonsense."

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 04/11/2019 05:12 pm

    What a winner!  Appears he may be highly qualified to be a Dem presidential candidate!

  • Leeper
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 06:33 pm

    A democrat and msm star falls. Seems like they would investigate the man before having him on over 200 interviews and promoting him as a presidential candidate.