Michael Avenatti Could Face 330 Years in Prison, Report Says

April 11, 2019 Updated: April 11, 2019

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti could face more than 330 years in prison after he was charged with 36 counts, including tax violations, embezzlement, and fraud.

Avenatti, 48, was indicted by a grand jury in Southern California on a slew of other charges after he was arrested last month in New York, reported The Associated Press.

CBS News, meanwhile, reported that he could face more than 300 years behind bars if he is convicted of all the charges.

“If convicted of the 36 crimes alleged in the indictment, Mr. Avenatti would face a statutory maximum sentence of 333 years in federal prison plus a mandatory two-year consecutive term for an identity theft count,” said an official in the CBS video.

A jet co-owned by Avenatti, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, was seized on April 10 as part of an investigation, AP reported.

“These four areas of criminal conduct alleged in the indictment are all linked to one another because money generated from one set of crimes appears in other sets—typically in the form of payments to lull victims and to prevent Mr. Avenatti’s financial house of cards from collapsing,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna told AP.

Hanna added that the high-powered lawyer “received money on behalf of clients and simply took the money to finance his businesses and his personal expenses,” reported the Los Angeles Times.

Avenatti is possibly best known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits.

On Twitter, the lawyer said he “intend[s] 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.”

Later, he added that “any claim that any monies due clients were mishandled is bogus nonsense.”

“By way of example only (there are MANY more like this), here is a document Mr. Johnson signed less than a month ago attesting to my ethics and how his case was handled. I look forward to proving my innocence,” Avenatti tweeted.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Avenatti faces as many as 47 years in prison if he is convicted on charges of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.

Attorney Michael Avenatti poses with Mareli Miniutti
Attorney Michael Avenatti poses with Mareli Miniutti for a photo at a party in New York in September 2018. (Marion Curtis/StarPix via AP)

Avenatti, the Times reported, is free on $300,000 bond.

His lawyer, John Littrell, said an indictment means nothing.

“We intend to fully investigate the charges and provide Mr. Avenatti the robust defense he deserves,” Littrell said.

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