Avenatti offers to plead guilty in remaining criminal case

Source: Reuters

“Michael Avenatti, the twice-convicted lawyer who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against former U.S. President Donald Trump, on Sunday offered to plead guilty to ‘multiple’ criminal charges he still faces in California. Avenatti, 51, already faces five years in prison after being convicted in February of fraud and identity theft for diverting nearly $300,000 in book proceeds meant for Daniels, and convicted in February 2020 of trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike Inc. … He potentially faces more than 300 years in prison on 36 criminal charges in the California case, including for stealing millions of dollars from clients, lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a bankruptcy court, and defrauding a bank. … The filing did not say how many or which charges Avenatti wanted to plead guilty to.” (06/13/22)