Avenatti Faces New 36-Count Felony Indictment

  • 04/11/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Avenatti Faces New 36-Count Felony Indictment
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The Justice Department and IRS will announce the filing of a 36-count felony indictment against Michael Avenatti later today.

The attorney gained prominence, and notoriety, representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump.


According to a joint statement, officials from both agencies will discuss the indictment at a morning press conference at the U.S. attorney's office in downtown Los Angeles. 

After the indictment was made public, Avenatti responded on social media. 

"For 20 years, I have represented Davids vs. Goliaths and relied on due process and our system of justice," he said on Twitter. "Along the way, I have made many powerful enemies. I am entitled to a FULL presumption of innocence and am confident that justice will be done once ALL of the facts are known." 

Avenatti appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom April 1 after being charged with filing bogus tax returns to fraudulently obtain $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank and pocketing $1.6 million that belonged to a client.

Among the more obscene details listed in the indictment, prosecutors allege Avenatti hid a $4 million settlement from a mentally ill paraplegic client.
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