Tag: Michael Avenatti

Avenatti Indicted on 36 Counts–Including Fraud, Perjury, Stealing from Clients

Attorney Michael Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on 36 counts of fraud, perjury, stealing from clients, among other crimes.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Avenatti stole millions of dollars from five clients and used a tangled web of shell companies and bank accounts to cover up the theft, the Santa Ana grand jury alleged in an indictment that prosecutors will make public Thursday. One of the clients, Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, was a mentally ill paraplegic on disability who won a $4-million settlement of a suit against Los Angeles County. The money was wired to Avenatti in January 2015, but he hid it from Johnson for years, according to the indictment.

In 2017, Avenatti received $2.75 million in proceeds from another client’s legal settlement, but concealed that too, the indictment says. The next day, he put $2.5 million of that money into the purchase of a private jet for Passport 420, LLC, a company he effectively owned, according to prosecutors.

If convicted on all counts, Avenatti faces up to 335 years in prison.
In March, the lawyer was arrested and charged with embezzlement and attempting to extort Nike for more than $20 million. If convicted, he faces up to 47 more years in prison.
For the full report, click HERE.

UPDATE: Michael Avenatti Speaks to Press Following his Domestic Violence Arrest

The LAPD has confirmed that Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, has been arrested on domestic violence charges.

Initially, TMZ had reported the incident involved Avenatti’s estranged wife, Lisa Storie Avenatti. They then issued a correction, writing,  “We were initially told by our sources the alleged victim was Avenatti’s estranged wife. We now know it was not. The incident involved a different woman”

Fox News reports:

The charges arose from an alleged Tuesday incident, prompting authorities to respond and take a report, an unidentified law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Avenatti released a statement through his law office denying the allegations.

“I wish to thank the hard working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me,” the statement said. “I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

He then held a press conference where he again, denied the allegations:

Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, released a statement, defending her ex-husband as a “very good man.”

Lisa Storie-Avenatti’s attorney also released a statement which reads, in part, “this article is not true as it pertains to my client.”

Sen. Grassley Refers Michael Avenatti to DOJ for ‘Criminal Investigation’

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley officially referred Michael Avenatti to the Department of Justice for a “criminal investigation” Thursday, saying the lawyer made “false statements” during his committee’s probe into allegations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley fired off the scathing letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray; claiming Avenatti should be investigated for the “materially false statements they made to” Congressional leaders.

“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” Grassley said in a statement. “But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons.”

“It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known,” fired-back Avenatti.

Read the full report at the Washington Examiner