Federal authorities charge Michael Avenatti with defrauding Stormy Daniels

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Federal authorities charge Michael Avenatti with defrauding Stormy Daniels
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Federal authorities charge Michael Avenatti with defrauding Stormy Daniels
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Michael Avenatti has been indicted by federal authorities on one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The charges stem from allegedly defrauding of his former client Stormy Daniels. Daniels was not named in the indictment, but Fox News is reporting that a federal law enforcement source has confirmed Daniels is the client involved.

Avenatti rose to fame representing Daniels in a defamation lawsuit against President Trump, commonly appearing for interviews on CNN and MSNBC. Avenatti was even promoting a potential run as the Democratic nominee for president in 2020 until he was charged earlier this year with allegedly attempting to extort Nike.

Prosecutors claim Avenatti attempted to extort $25 million from Nike by threatening to expose unflattering information about the company. In addition to the charges related to Stormy Daniels and Nike, Avenatti has been separately charged by federal prosecutors with allegedly stealing millions from other clients, failing to pay taxes, committing bank fraud, and lying during bankruptcy proceedings.

Avenatti is facing a potential penalty of over 300 years in prison if he is convicted on all the charges. However, Avenatti has denied the accusations, saying he looks forward to proving his innocence in court.

Daniels has made numerous questionable statements about Avenatti in the past, raising concerns about the attorney. In November, she accused Avenatti of launching a fundraiser for her legal defense without telling her. She also claimed that Avenatti filed a defamation lawsuit against the president without her consent.

The defamation lawsuit against President Trump turned out to be a disaster for Avenatti and Daniels. Ultimately, a judge ordered Daniels to repay the cost of the president’s legal defense.

When Avenatti was first charged with allegedly extorting Nike, Daniels took to Twitter to comment on the case. She told her followers that she was “saddened but not shocked” by the charges. She added that she had already fired Avenatti a month ago.

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