Michael Avenatti's embezzlement trial is set to open in Santa Ana
Lawyer Michael Avenatti is expected in court Wednesday for the opening of his trial on charges of embezzling millions of dollars from his clients.
Opening statements are scheduled in Santa Ana in the second trial this month for Avenatti, whoonce represented porn actress Stormy Danielsin her lawsuit against former President Trump. Avenatti is expected to represent himself in the case after U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna on Tuesday granted his request to do so.
Federal prosecutors in Southern California have accused the 50-year-old lawyer, who is currently suspended from practicing law in California, of cheating five of his clients out of nearly $10 million by negotiating and collecting settlement payments on their behalf and funneling them to accounts he controlled.
In one case, authorities said Avenatti collected $4 million from Los Angeles County for a man who suffered injuries in custody and was left paraplegic after a suicide attempt. Avenatti denied that the settlement money was received and paid much smaller amounts to the man ranging from $1,000 to $1,900, which he said were advances on the payout, prosecutors said in court filings. headtopics.com
AdvertisementIn another instance, Avenatti collected a $2.75-million settlement payment for a client and used the bulk of the money to buy a private airplane, the filings said.Avenatti faces 10 counts of wire fraud in connection with the allegations, which span from 2015 to 2019.
Here are key takeaways from the criminal complaints against Michael AvenattiIt was a bad day for Michael Avenatti, the combative attorney who rose to fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels and sparring with President Trump.He also faces charges in California of bankruptcy, bank and tax fraud. He is expected to be tried on those allegations later this year after Selna
split a 36-count indictment into two trials.In the trial opening Wednesday, federal prosecutors said they expected to take three weeks to make their case and to call about 30 witnesses. The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles declined to comment ahead of opening statements.
In court filings, lawyer H. Dean Steward — who previously represented Avenatti and continues to assist in the case — raised concerns about the jury selection process and sought unsuccessfully to delay the trial, arguing that widespread publicity following Avenatti’s New York sentencing could affect his rights in this case. headtopics.com
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