US attorney Michael Avenatti found guilty of stealing from client

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

Daniels and Avenatti in 2018
Image: The Circus.

Yesterday, former lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted for wire fraud and identity theft, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actor who was publishing a book in 2018 about her alleged affair with then-United States president Donald Trump.

According to testimony, Avenatti convinced Daniels' agent to forward payments from her book publisher to an account under his control, without informing her.

Avenatti was convicted by jury in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, New York, New York where he represented himself. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 24. Avenatti was previously convicted of attempting to extort millions from sports brand Nike in 2020.


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