Corrupt Attorney Michael Avenatti was indicted in New York on Wednesday for defrauding adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti, who is also facing many other charges for other crimes, faces one count of wire fraud as well as another count of aggravated identity theft and he faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted.
Check out what Fox News reported in relation to the indictment:
According to prosecutors, Avenatti stole “a significant portion” of an advance Daniels was supposed to receive from a book deal by sending 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 — $148,750 — “on airfare, hotels, car services, restaurants and meal delivery, online retailers, payroll for his law firm and another business he owned, and insurance.”
The indictment says that after Daniels asked Avenatti why she had not received the money, Avenatti falsely claimed he was still trying to extract the payment from the publisher. Weeks later, the lawyer allegedly “used funds recently received from another source” to pay Daniels the money she was owed.
“Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core duty of an attorney – the duty to his client,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in his 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 emailed his statement to Fox News and said: “I look forward to a jury hearing all of the evidence and passing judgment on my conduct. At no time was any money misappropriated or mishandled. I will be fully exonerated once the relevant emails, contracts, text messages, and documents are presented.”
He also took to Twitter: “No monies relating to Ms. Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled. She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence.”
Avenatti also seems to be blaming his problems on President Trump. “The government didn’t begin to look at charging me criminally until I became one of the biggest threats, if not the biggest threat, to the president, and anyone who thinks differently is a fool.”
Avenatti blames myriad of serious legal troubles on Trump: “The government didn’t begin to look at charging me criminally until I became one of the biggest threats, if not the biggest threat, to the president, and anyone who thinks differently is a fool.” https://t.co/dJPuvmsAce
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) May 22, 2019
The President’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., made sure to slam the corrupt attorney. The two have a history of going back and forth on Twitter.
“Wait, with these NEW charges are you saying he’s no longer leading the field of 2020 Dem hopefuls? I remember when CNN and MSNBC had pretty much anointed him the front-runner.
#goodtimes,” Trump Jr. said.
Wait, with these NEW charges are you saying he's no longer leading the field of 2020 Dem hopefuls?
I remember when CNN and MSNBC had pretty much anointed him the front-runner. #goodtimes https://t.co/KCtrqLQKtH
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 22, 2019
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