Michael Avenatti sentenced to 4 years in prison for stealing nearly $ 300K from Stormy Daniels

District Judge Jesse Furman said Avenati’s behavior was “very shameful and abusive” and that he “used the victim’s unusual life and somewhat unusual beliefs to be vulnerable.”

There was Avenatti Sentenced in February A wire fraud and a serious identity theft. He faces up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud charges and faces up to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.
Avenatti is currently serving a 30-month sentence Is trying to extort more than $ 20 million from Nike By threatening to disclose damaging information if not paid. He is due to stand trial in California next month on charges of embezzling $ 10 million in settlement funds from at least five clients. He has been charged with tax fraud and bankruptcy, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A portion of Thursday’s sentence will be served in conjunction with Nike’s sentence, but Furman said Avenati will have to serve an additional two and a half years after Nike’s sentence is completed.

Avenati was also ordered to pay $ 148,750 to Daniels and $ 297,900 to the US.

Furman told Avenatti: “I hope you make the best use of your mighty talents.”

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, the legal turmoil was a dramatic turn for Avenati, who became famous for representing Daniels, as she went public with allegations that she received $ 130,000 to cover up her allegations with then-candidate Donald Trump. Trump has denied the allegations.

Following the publicity stunt over the Hush-money scandal, Avenati helped Daniels with a $ 800,000 book deal. Prosecutors say Avenati stole nearly $ 300,000 in advance by creating a letter allegedly sent by Daniels in a bid to return the money from the book publisher to an account under Avenati’s control.

At trial, Avenatti Represented himself He also fired his court-appointed lawyers in the middle of the trial. Prosecutors called 10 witnesses, including Daniels, who testified that Avenati lied to her and betrayed her. During cross-examination, Avenatti attacked Daniels’ credibility, questioned her belief in the occult, and suggested that she be entitled to a portion of his book advance for the work he had done, even if not in their written contract. Avenati did not testify or call any witnesses to his argument.

Last month, Avenati wrote an apology letter to Daniels, which he presented to the judge, in which he said, “It is obvious that I failed you in many things. I deceived you and dropped you in many ways.” He added, “I want us to turn the clock so that the mistakes I made do not happen again. I’m really sorry.”

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Avenati was transferred from FCI Terminal Island in California to the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York on Thursday for sentencing. He will be flown back to California next month for trial.

This story has been updated with more details.

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