Avenatti Charged With Tax Evasion, Stealing From Clients

By Jody Godoy and Lauren Berg (April 11, 2019, 11:26 AM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles announced a 36-count indictment against attorney Michael Avenatti on Thursday, adding to the legal woes of a provocateur who already faced embezzlement and extortion charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California announced the indictment charging Avenatti with embezzling millions from five separate clients, tax evasion and obstruction, bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud.

I intend to fully fight all charges and plead NOT GUILTY. I look forward to the entire truth being known as opposed to a one-sided version meant to sideline me. — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 11, 2019 Los Angeles federal...

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