Ashamed former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti darkened his client's money and spent it on a private jet, claiming a new trial.
The lawyer is accused of taking a $ 3 million settlement from NBA player Hassan Whiteside who was meant for Avenatti's client, the baller ex Alexis Gardner, and spent most of it on a 2016 Honda Jet.
Legal documents filed in Los Angeles on Friday by the aircraft insurer, Starr Aviation, claim that the lawyer, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump, & # 39; about $ 2,500,000 & # 39; obscured the former girlfriend of the NBA player to the Aircraft & # 39 ;.
Ashamed former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti darkened his client's money and spent it on a private jet, claiming a new trial
The lawyer is accused of taking a $ 3 million settlement from NBA player Hassan Whiteside (right) that was meant for the client of Avenatti, the baller ex Alexis Gardner (left), and spent most of it on a 2016 Honda Jet
The legal complaint from Starr Aviation claims that Avenatti purchased an insurance policy for his private jet (file photo of a Honda Jet 2016) from them at the beginning of January 2017 and extended it for the next three years until January 2020
Avenatti was indicted in April for alleged crime, as well as misappropriating millions of dollars from other clients and committing tax and bankruptcy fraud, but denies any misconduct and says he will fight the case against federal prosecutors.
If convicted for the 36 counts, the 48-year-old can receive a maximum of 382 years in prison.
The legal complaint from Starr Aviation claims that Avenatti purchased an insurance policy for its private jet from them in early January 2017 and extended it for the next three years until January 2020.
The insurance company says that Gardner, 27, is now trying to recover part of the cash allegedly stolen.
& # 39; Alexis Gardner can claim some interest against revenues that fall under & # 39; The Policies & # 39; may be due, & # 39; is in the documents.
& # 39; Starr Aviation would not have issued the policy if it had known that the aircraft with misappropriated funds had been purchased or that the funds used to purchase the policy had been obtained through bankruptcy fraud. & # 39;
Gardner rented Avenatti in a legal dispute with her ex, which ended in Whiteside who agreed to pay a settlement of $ 3 million.
The former Miami Heat NBA player paid the first installment of $ 2.75 million in 2017, while the remaining $ 250,000 was scheduled for November 2020.
The former lawyer for Stormy Daniels was indicted in April for alleged crime, as well as misappropriating millions of dollars from other clients and committing tax and bankruptcy fraud, but denies any misconduct and says he will fight the case against federal prosecutors. If convicted for the 36 counts, the 48-year-old can receive a maximum of 382 years in prison
According to the prosecutors, Avenatti was entitled to $ 1 million in fees, but took $ 2.5 million and used a colleague's bank account to purchase a share of the Honda Jet through his holding company, Passport 420 LLC.
The colleague, his former law firm partner Filippo Marchino, says he didn't know where the money came from and is furious about the alleged embezzlement.
Marchino now represents Garnder, who is trying to reclaim the money she owes from Avenatti.
Marchino's adviser, David Gammill, said: “My clients will continue to cooperate in any investigation into Mr. Avenatti's fraudulent plans and actively assist their clients in every way possible. & # 39; Marchino and The The-X-Law Group continue to represent Mrs. Gardner in the pursuit of her stolen money. They look for justice and hope that all victims of Avenatti, including themselves, can be made healthy. & # 39;
Prosecutors say Avenatti kept Gardner in the dark about her payout, and told her that Whiteside would pay her in 96 monthly installments for eight years, and would tease her with 11 payments in the following year for a total of $ 194,000 – only 6 percent of her real settlement.
Gardner and Whiteside issued a statement to the LA Times earlier this year after the news of the indictment broke out and deplored the spotlight that Avenatti's alleged fraud had shed on their failed relationship.
Prosecutors say that Avenatti Gardner (photo) kept in the dark about her payout, and told her that Whiteside would pay her in 96 monthly installments over eight years and tease her with 11 payments in the coming year for a total of $ 194,000
& # 39; More than two years ago after the end of our relationship, we entered into a mutually agreed arrangement; a scheme that reflected Alexis' investment in time and support for a number of years when Hassan pursued a career in the NBA.
& # 39; It is a shame that something that was meant to remain private between us is now being publicly reported. We both kindly went further and wish nothing but the best for each other. & # 39;
Whiteside became one of the best paid players in the NBA after joining the Miami Heat in 2014.
Although details of his settlement with Gardner remain secret, the settlement was intended to provide her & # 39; investment of time and support for a number of years & # 39; during his NBA career.
Avenatti has repeatedly protested against his innocence and has issued a statement stating that & # 39; money has never been misappropriated and I look forward to all relevant documents and facts presented during the lawsuit & # 39 ;.
Among the 36 counts in the federal indictment of the shameful lawyer, claims are that he has transferred the compensation of $ 4 million from his spinal cord injury, making it difficult for the man to pay his bills.
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