The disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti will be summoned in two criminal cases on the same day.
Avenatti, 48, is being summoned in the federal court of Manhattan in both cases on Tuesday afternoon.
First, Avenatti is accused of stealing about $ 300,000 from porn star Stormy Daniels, the client who made him famous, to finance an extravagant lifestyle, including a Ferrari, after helping her sign a book deal.
A few hours later, Avenatti is accused of extorting more than $ 25 million from Nike by threatening to expose what he called improper payments to recruits for college basketball teams who sponsored it.
Avenatti, 48, is being summoned in the federal court of Manhattan in both cases on Tuesday afternoon. He can be seen above after a separate criminal case in California earlier this month
In the Stormy Daniels case, he is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
In the Nike case, Avenatti is accused of one count of extortion, one count of sending interstate communication with the intention of extortion and two counts of conspiracy.
Nike has denied misconduct and assisted prosecutors prior to Avenatti's arrest.
Avenatti is also confronted with dozens of allegations in Southern California, where prosecutors accused him on April 11 of stealing millions of dollars from customers to pay for personal and business expenses, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a bank of the Mississippi about his finances.
If he is accused of all charges, Avenatti could have been in prison for more than 400 years, but he would probably receive a smaller sentence.
Avenatti has maintained his innocence and allegedly will not plead guilty in all respects.
He said the earlier prosecutions were to punish him for representing Daniels and criticizing President Donald Trump.
& # 39; I'm looking forward to a jury hearing all the evidence and judging my behavior & # 39 ;, wrote Avenatti on Twitter after the charges were announced.
& # 39; At no time has money been misappropriated or treated incorrectly. I will be fully exempted once the relevant e-mails, contracts, text messages and documents are presented. & # 39;
On Tuesday morning, Avenatti's Twitter account was set up to be protected, so that only approved accounts could view or use his tweets.
Stormy Daniels case
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quietly received money not to mention an affair she claimed to have had with Trump in 2006. The president denied having had sex with Daniels.
Avenatti represented Daniels in lawsuits that resulted from a $ 130,000 silent money from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
Prosecutors stated that Avenatti had averted two $ 148,750 payments in advance from Daniels & $ 39,000 advance, after she sent her literary agent a letter that had forged her signature and sent that money to his bank account.
Daniels is identified in legal documents as & # 39; victim-1 & # 39 ;. A person who was familiar with the issue and who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed her identity.
According to the newspapers, Avenatti spent part of the diverted funds on lease payments for the Ferrari, hotels, airline tickets, restaurant meals, car service and business expenses.
Prosecutors said that Avenatti eventually paid $ 148,750 to Daniels after she received the money from another source, but when she asked where the second payment was by telling her that the publisher & # 39; owed me a payment & # 39; and that he was on & # 39;
Prosecutors stated that Avenatti redirected about $ 300,000 in advance payments for the book money from the publisher of Stormy Daniels (above) to a bank account he managed.
Daniels did not receive that payment, prosecutors said. She dropped Avenatti earlier this year as her lawyer.
& # 39; Michael Avenatti abused and violated the core task of a lawyer – the duty to his client & # 39 ;, said attorney officer Geoffrey Berman, who announced Wednesday's indictments, in a statement.
& # 39; Far from diligently representing his client, Avenatti, as reportedly engaged in outright fraud and theft, victimization instead of advocating for his client, & # 39; Berman added.
The costs associated with Daniels include a count of wire fraud and a count of aggravated identity theft, and bear a maximum combined sentence of 22 years in prison.
Daniels & # 39; book & # 39; Full Disclosure & # 39; was published in October.
Cohen is imprisoned for two weeks in his three-year prison sentence after he has pleaded guilty for campaign financing violations, including the payment for hush money.
Avenatti became a familiar face on cable news channels as his position grew, and flirted last year with a 2020 White House run. He has had a lower profile since he was charged.
Nike & # 39; extortion & # 39; matter
Federal prosecutors in New York claim that Avenatti was trying to shake off millions of dollars for Nike, so that he would not reveal any allegations that the clothing company paid off high school basketball players.
He was arrested last month by federal agents at the luxury Hudson Yards shopping center in Manhattan, hours after tweeting that he was planning to hold a press conference that revealed a major scandal at Nike that included alleged payments to student sportsmen.
Prosecutors claim that Avenatti approached Nike with his allegations of crime and demanded that he was either paid to perform an internal audit of the company, or that he received more than $ 20 million to maintain his silence.
Prosecutors say that Avenatti approached Nike with financial crime charges and demanded that he be paid in exchange for his silence
The timing of the claims, during the last rounds of March Madness and prior to the Nike earnings report, was calculated to cause maximum damage to the company, prosecutors claim.
Instead of bowing to the demands, Nike went to the federal authorities and spoke out to publicly deny Avenatti's claims.
In a statement to DailyMail.com last month, Nike beat Avenatti's claims as & # 39; shameful & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Nike will not respond to the accusations of a person facing federal allegations of fraud and extortion and assist in his shameful attempts to distract the athletes on the field during the peak of the tournament & # 39; Company.
& # 39; Nike continues to cooperate with the government's investigation of grassroots basketball and the related extortion case & # 39 ;, the statement continued.
THE COSTS AGAINST AVENATTI
10 counts of thread fraud
Avenatti allegedly committed wire fraud by lying to five clients about their settlements from cases in which he represented them.
The total sum of the money that he would have embezzled is $ 12 million.
He is accused of not only hiding their payments from them, but spending the money on private aircraft himself, repaying the IRS and financing his own companies between 2015 and 2017.
19 tax fraud counts
Avenatti has not submitted any personal income tax returns since 2010, it is claimed.
Between 2015 and 2017, his coffee company Global Baristas US did not pay $ 3.2 million in federal payroll taxes.
More than $ 2 million of that figure was withheld from paying staff and issued by Avenatti himself, it is claimed.
2 counts of bank fraud
The two bank fraud charges relate to the original indictment and claim that he provided false financial information to receive three loans totaling $ 4.1 million from The People's Bank in Mississippi.
The false information included a tax return that had never been sent to the IRS and that exaggerated the resources of his law firm when it was about to go bankrupt.
One said his company, Eagan Avenatti, had more than $ 500,000 on an operating account when it only had $ 43,000, it is claimed.
4 counts bankruptcy fraud
Three of the bankruptcy fraud prices claim that Avenatti, under penalty of perjury, had submitted monthly operational reports that could not report all the company's accounts in 2017.
Avenatti is accused of sworn false oaths at a bankruptcy session in June 2017 by denying that the company had received any costs in connection with a lawsuit when Eagan Avenatti actually received more than $ 1.3 million
New York case 1
Conspiracy to commit extortion
Avenatti allegedly tried to extort Nike by saying that he had information that accused this in a basketball scandal he had to pay for this year.
He would have told the company that he would conduct an internal investigation for a fee of $ 25 million instead of exposing it.
Nike reported him.
New York case 2
Charged with embezzled funds from the ex-adult film star Stormy Daniels for an amount of almost $ 300,000.
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