|Posted by George Freund on May 23, 2019 at 9:15 AM|
High-profile lawyer has recalled his March arrest in New York in new interview
He gained notoriety when he represented Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with Trump over hush money she received for alleged affair with president
Fall from grace began when he was arrested in November for domestic violence
Avenatti was arrested in New York for allegedly trying to extort Nike for $25M
He said in interview that he 'appreciated the fact' that the FBI didn't treat him like Roger Stone, who was arrested in January during a raid on his Florida home
Avenatti also recalled how he called his mother after he was booked on March 25
By VALERIE EDWARDS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 22:51 EDT, 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 03:13 EDT, 23 May 2019
Michael Avenatti has revealed the details surrounding his New York City arrest two months ago and admits that he 'flew too close to the sun' while representing his former client Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti gained notoriety when he represented the ex adult film star from February 2018 to February 2019 in her legal battles with Donald Trump over hush money she received for an alleged affair with the president in 2006.
His fall from grace began when he was arrested in November in Los Angeles for domestic violence, though he did not face felony charges.
The vocal Trump critic was then arrested in New York's Hudson Yards in March for allegedly attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
THE CHARGES AGAINST AVENATTI
10 counts of wire fraud
Avenatti allegedly committed wire fraud by lying to five clients about their settlements from cases he represented them in.
The total sum of the money he allegedly misappropriated is $12million.
He is accused of not only hiding their payments from them but spending the money himself on private planes, repaying the IRS and funding his own businesses between 2015 and 2017.
19 counts of tax fraud
Avenatti has not filed personal income tax returns since 2010, it is claimed.
Between 2015 and 2017, his coffee company Global Baristas US, did not pay $3.2million in federal payroll taxes.
More than $2million of that figure was withheld from staff pay checks and spent by Avenatti himself, it is alleged.
2 counts of bank fraud
The two bank fraud charges relate to the original indictment and claims he submitted bogus financial information to obtain three loans totaling $4.1 million from The People's Bank in Mississippi.
The bogus information included a tax return that had never been sent to the IRS and him overstating his law firm's resources when it was on the brink of bankruptcy.
One said his firm, Eagan Avenatti, had more than $500,000 in an operating account when it only had $43,000, it is claimed.
4 counts bankruptcy fraud
Three of the bankruptcy fraud charges allege that Avenatti submitted, under penalty of perjury, monthly operating reports that failed to report all of the firm's accounts receivable in 2017.
Avenatti is charged with falsely testifying under oath during a June 2017 bankruptcy hearing by denying the firm had received any fees related to a lawsuit when Eagan Avenatti had actually received more than $1.3 million
New York case 1
Conspiracy to commit extortion
Avenatti allegedly attempted to extort Nike by saying he had information which incriminated it in a pay-for-play college basketball scandal this year.
He allegedly told the company that he would conduct an internal investigation for a $25million fee instead of exposing it.
Nike reported him.
New York case 2
Charged with misappropriating funds belonging to the ex adult film star Stormy Daniels to the tune of nearly $300,000
He's almost good enough to be the democratic contender for president.
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