(Reuters) – Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented grownup film superstar Stormy Daniels in her upright battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, is determined to seem within the U.S. District Court docket in Los Angeles on Monday to face embezzlement and fraud charges.
Avenatti also faces separate charges in Original York in what prosecutors known as a present to “shake down” Nike Inc for better than $20 million.
Avenatti, forty eight, changed into as soon as arrested on March 25 after two separate indictments by federal courts in Los Angeles and Original York that charged him with the Nike diagram as neatly as embezzlement and fraud over accusations he misused a shopper’s money.
Avenatti has step by step proclaimed his innocence of all charges.
Within the Los Angeles case, prosecutors possess accused Avenatti of misusing a shopper’s $1.6 million settlement to pay for his dangle costs and likewise costs linked to his coffee alternate.
He might possibly be accused of defrauding a Mississippi bank of $4.1 million in loans by submitting spurious tax returns inflating his income for 2011 to 2013.
In Original York, prosecutors said Avenatti and a co-conspirator, whom they did no longer title, met Nike’s attorneys on March 19 and advised them they represented a outmoded school basketball coach with recordsdata about Nike’s involvement in a diagram to bribe excessive school basketball gamers.
They threatened to head public until Nike employed Avenatti to conduct an internal investigation for $15 million to $25 million, and paid an additional $1.5 million to the client, in accordance to prosecutors.
Avenatti also offered to accept a $22.5 million price for his silence, prosecutors said.
Avenatti faces as much as 30 years in penal complicated on the most excessive value in California and as much as twenty years for the tip value in Original York.
Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez