Attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty of scamming porn actress Stormy Daniels


Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti.

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A New York jury convicted Friday. disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti for scamming his former client, porn star Stormy Daniels, with nearly $300,000 owed to him for a book deal he got after going public with an alleged affair with former President Donald Trumpaccording to CNBC.

The guilty verdict for crimes of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft at Avenatti’s trial in Manhattan federal court this is his second criminal conviction in that court.

Avenatti was convicted in a separate trial two years ago in a racketeering scheme against sportswear giant Nike. Last year, a federal judge sentenced him to two and a half years behind bars for those crimes. He is due in prison for that conviction later this year.

Avenatti also faces a new trial in a third federal criminal case that ended in a mistrial last August. In that case, which is being prosecuted in California, he is accused of stealing nearly $10 million from multiple clients.

The case against Avenatti in New York for fraud against Daniels is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24. The trio of criminal proceedings and lack of income has left him in ruins.

Avenatti represented himself during the trial, where he claimed he was owed money he took from Daniels’ $800,000 advance for his 2018 book, “Full Disclosure.”

Daniels testified that he was not entitled to any of that money, and prosecutors presented evidence that he forged her signature on a document that led her literary agent to wire the book’s funds to an account he controlled.

Daniels told NBC News on Friday: “I am ecstatic. A win is always great, and I am aware that I will never get my money back and I am concerned that if it had been the other way around, it would set a very scary precedent for people in the adult film industry.”

This federal trial was also an unusual stage in the bitter ongoing personal feud between Avenatti and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former mediator and personal attorney.

Cohen, who made payments to Daniels to hide the alleged affair with Trump, made multiple appearances at the trial to apparently mock Avenatti.

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– Trump’s offensive nickname for porn star Stormy Daniels after winning a lawsuit

Source-laopinion.com