Creepy porn lawyer and known huckster Michael Avenatti has been indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury on 36 charges, ranging from, fraud, embezzlement, and failure to pay taxes, to perjury.
“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,” said LA Times.
The attorney, known for his representation of adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump – which he lost – allegedly embezzled a $4 million settlement from a mentally ill paraplegic client named Geoffrey Ernest Johnson. The report said that Avenatti his the money from Johnson for years.
“In 2017, Avenatti received $2.75 million in proceeds from another client’s legal settlement, but concealed that too, the indictment says,” the report said. “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.
He was previously indicted on four counts extortion for his dealings with Nike corporation, and separately on wire fraud and bank fraud.
The alleged outlaw attorney is afraid to go to jail, according to a CBS interview. “Well, of course I’m nervous,” he said on CBS This Morning. “I am nervous. I’m concerned. I’m scared. I feel terrible for my family…But sure, I’m nervous. I’m scared. I’m all of those things and if I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.”
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