On Thursday, a federal grand jury brought a 36 count indictment on creepy porn lawyer Micheal Avenatti for a wide variety of crimes including fraud and perjury.
Not only did Avenatti steal money from five clients, but one of the clients named Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, was a mentally ill paraplegic who won $4 million in a settlement. Little did he know, Avenatti wired the money to himself and kept it hidden from Johnson for multiple years.
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.
At the time, Avenatti and his businesses owed millions of dollars in back taxes, the government claimed, and his Newport Beach law firm, Eagan Avenatti, was weeks from bankruptcy.
Federal agents seized the Honda HA-420 jet at Santa Barbara Airport on Wednesday under a court-approved warrant that remains under seal, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
Michael Avenatti allegedly stole from his clients, and he stole from the IRS,” stated Ryan L. Korner, the chief of Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations in Los Angeles. “The money was used to fuel a lavish lifestyle that had no limits, including making mortgage payments on a multimillion-dollar home in Laguna Beach and purchasing a private plane.”
It gets worse for Avenatti. The lawyer is facing up to 335 years in prison. But it gets even worse. In the state of New York, he is facing 47 years in prison for trying to extort $20 million from Nike.
Check out what else the Los Angeles Times said:
Avenatti is defending himself on Twitter by saying he has made many powerful enemies over the years.
I am entitled to a FULL presumption of innocence and am confident that justice will be done once ALL of the facts are known,” he wrote.
According to his lawyer, John Littrell, the indictment proves nothing.
“We intend to fully investigate the charges and provide Mr. Avenatti the robust defense he deserves,” he said.
According to U.S. Atty. Nick Hanna, all of Avenatti’s crimes were all linked to each other in some way or another. The lawyer would use embezzled money from his different clients and then string them along with the other victims that he owed money to keep his “financial house of cards from collapsing.”
Mr. Avenatti received money on behalf of clients and simply took the money to finance his businesses and his personal expenses,” Hanna said on Thursday.
Not looking good for Avenatti, the man who was 100% certain that the President Trump and his son would go to jail. Looks like the only one going to jail will be him!
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