Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer of Stormy Daniels and outspoken Trump critic, faces up to 335 years in prison after being charged Thursday with 36 counts of tax fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, and bankruptcy fraud.
Federal prosecutors announced the charges against the lawyer after he allegedly was stealing money from his clients in order to pay for his lavish and expensive lifestyle.
Michael Avenatti responded to the allegations on Twitter, saying that he expects to be fully exonerated.
“For 20 years, I have represented Davids vs. Goliaths and relied on due process and our system of justice. Along the way, I have made many powerful enemies. I am entitled to a FULL presumption of innocence and am confident that justice will be done once ALL of the facts are known,” Avenatti said.
In another tweet he added, ” 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. “
In March, two more federal cases, one in New York and another in California, were opened against Avenatti regarding his attempt to extort millions of dollars out of Nike by telling them he would run a smear campaign against them if they refused to buy him off. From the Nike case in New York, Avenatti could face a sentence of 47 years in prison.
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