Attorney Michael Avenatti is vowing to fight all of the charges and plead not guilty to a 36-count federal indictment filed against him.
The Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service are set to detail the 36-count grand jury indictment filed against Avenatti who previously represented adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, the Associated Press reported.
The new charges against the embattled lawyer follow his arrest in New York last month for allegedly attempting to extort Nike for up to $25 million.
That’s a lot of charges against Avenatti… pic.twitter.com/ExxEmnlmRQ
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) April 11, 2019
Avenatti was also facing two counts of wire and bank fraud from Southern California, and said in a tweet that he has long represented “Davids versus Goliaths” in the justice system which he now finds himself as a defendant.
For 20 years, I have represented Davids vs. Goliaths and relied on due process and our system of justice. 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.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 11, 2019
With news of the new charges against him, Avenatti, who was indicted late Wednesday by a Southern California grand jury, vowed to fight back.
I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY. I look forward to the entire truth being known as opposed to a one-sided version meant to sideline me.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 11, 2019
Federal agents also seized Avenatti’s private jet, reportedly worth about $4.5 million, according to Fox News.
“Federal authorities have seized a jet co-owned by Mr. Avenatti pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a federal judge. This seizure is related to the pending criminal case in Los Angeles,” a federal official told Fox News.
The celebrity lawyer told Fox News on Wednesday that “I haven’t used the plane in almost a year and I gave up my interest last year. I have no interest in the plane and could care less.”
Re the “jet seizure” and Fox News’ tabloid journalism – led by moron @ShepNewsTeam: I haven’t used the jet in almost a year and gave up my interest months ago last year. So they have no idea what they are talking about.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 10, 2019
According to the Associated Press:
Avenatti, 48, is also charged with not paying personal income taxes, not paying taxes for his various businesses, including two law firms, and pocketing payroll taxes from the Tully’s Coffee chain that he owned, the indictment said.
Between September 2015 and January 2018, Global Baristas US, the company that operated Tully’s, failed to pay the Internal Revenue Service $3.2 million in payroll taxes, including nearly $2.4 million withheld from employees, the indictment said. When the IRS put tax levies on coffee company bank accounts to collect more than $5 million, Avenatti had Tully’s employees deposit cash receipts in a little-known account, the indictment said.
Avenatti was also charged with submitting fraudulent tax returns to get more than $4 million in loans from The Peoples Bank in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 2014. The tax returns he presented to the bank were never filed to the IRS, prosecutors have said.
Avenatti had been reportedly raising a red flag over at the IRS with his business practices, with the indictment alleging he made false statements in bankruptcy proceedings under reporting income his firm received.
“The most glaring example of deception and fraud was described in the indictment as scheming Avenatti allegedly did to deprive clients of money they were due from legal settlements or sales of stock and the actions he took to cover his tracks,” the AP reported.
Details of the new charges in case are set to be released at a press conference Thursday by U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna and the Internal Revenue Service in Los Angeles. Avenatti is scheduled to be arraigned April 29. and DOJ
Reaction to how far Avenatti, nicknamed the “creepy porn lawyer” by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, has fallen poured in on Twitter where many blasted the mainstream media that propped him up for months as a legal expert.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 11, 2019
— Joe (@Joe___T) April 11, 2019
I fffffff freaking love you! I know somewhere in a dark corner, Kavanaugh is loving you too and laughing his A off!
— BOSSY Kat MC (@katzeye75) April 11, 2019
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) April 11, 2019
Is CNN going to report this with as much enthusiasm as they did when they thought he would be the 2020 Democratic canidate?
— chris d (@crsmik1) April 11, 2019
@CNN was promoting this clown @MichaelAvenatti as a legal expert and possible Presidential candidate in 2020! That should tell anyone all they need to know about their agenda. #Basta @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr #MAGA https://t.co/ugnakk8dws
— Frank White (@playerpres76) April 11, 2019
Yes, lets stand by the guy that is indicted in THREE separate Federal cases and is facing over 40+ charges, all because ORANGE MAN BAD!!
Fucking Liberals are handing Trump another 4 years and I LOVE IT!#BASTA !
— Upstart (@upstart33) April 11, 2019
Kavanaugh gets the last laugh…
Avenatti Begs For Treatment He Denied Kavanaugh As Feds Seize Plane, Add 36 More Charges To Rap Sheet https://t.co/z0nre1ANpT
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) April 11, 2019
Couldn’t have happened to a scummier guy.
— Oldeghost (@1Oldeghost) April 11, 2019
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