Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti faced new charges this week on money laundering and fraud, with prosecutors claiming the once high-powered attorney intentionally concealed $1 million from his family and creditors.
“Los Angeles attorney Michael Avenatti engaged in fraud and money laundering to hide $1 million from one of his ex-wives and other creditors after his March arrest, federal prosecutors allege in newly filed court papers,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
BREAKING: Michael Avenatti faces new fraud and money laundering accusations — was jailed overnight. Hid $1 million from ex-wife & other creditors, prosecutors say. https://t.co/rkQvCfre2b
— Michael Finnegan (@finneganLAT) January 15, 2020
“Avenatti, who is awaiting trial on three federal indictments, was arrested again late Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles and remained in custody Wednesday morning, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles,” adds the newspaper.
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Original Story: January 15, 2020
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti was reportedly arrested by IRS agents in the middle of a hearing before the California Bar Association; stemming from a legal complaint the lawyer swindled a client out of $840,000.
“Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents Tuesday evening during a break in a disciplinary hearing in Los Angeles over allegations that the high-profile lawyer scammed a client out of $840,000,” reports Fox News. “The arrest occurred around 6 p.m. outside the State Bar Court, where the State Bar of California has initiated proceedings against him.”
“I can confirm that he was arrested by federal agents,” Avenatti’s lawyer Dean Steward said. “I anticipate a bail hearing at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Magistrate’s Court in Santa Ana. I haven’t seen the details of the warrant, but should have it later this evening.“