Michael Avenatti Charged with Defrauding Ex-Client Stormy Daniels for $300K
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Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti, aka "Creepy Porn Lawyer," has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $300,000 from former client, porn star Stormy Daniels.
Yep, turns out Avenatti is an even bigger scumbag than we had previously believed.
Avenatti, 48, faces one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, according to Fox News. He faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted of those charges.
Daniels is not named in the indictment, but a federal law enforcement official confirmed to Fox News that she is the client prosecutors claimed Avenatti defrauded.
Avenatti allegedly stole two payments totaling $297,500 from an advance Daniels was supposed to receive from a book deal in the summer of 2018. According to the indictment, Avenatti sent a doctored letter with Daniels' signature to her literary agent that instructed the agent to divert the money to an account controlled by Avenatti. The lawyer then spent the money "on airfare, hotels, car services, restaurants and meal delivery, online retailers, payroll for his law firm and another business he owned, and insurance."
"Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core duty of an attorney – the duty to his client," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. "As alleged, he used his position of trust to steal an advance on the client’s book deal. As alleged, he blatantly lied to and stole from his client to maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari. Far from zealously representing his client, Avenatti, as alleged, instead engaged in outright deception and theft, victimizing rather than advocating for his client."
Avenatti later took to Twitter to deny the charges.
Remember when the left-wing media couldn't get enough of Michael Avenatti?
WIBC host Tony Katz:
"The more fun here is the level to which people loved and adored Michael Avenatti for so long. This guy was praised and adored by the progressive left. They wanted him to run for president! Now? Not likely to happen."
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