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After shocking NY arrest, Avenatti faces court in California

3 years 3 months 2 days ago Monday, April 01 2019 Apr 1, 2019 April 01, 2019 6:41 AM April 01, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Attorney Michael Avenatti faces a hearing in federal court in California on charges he fraudulently obtained $4 million in bank loans and pocketed $1.6 million that belonged to a client.

The brash lawyer known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump is expected at a hearing Monday in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. Avenatti has long faced allegations from a former client and a former partner that he was hiding money to avoid paying what he owed.

Now, federal authorities are adding their voices to that chorus, with the specter of a long prison sentence. Avenatti is charged with wire and bank fraud.

He was arrested last week in New York on unrelated extortion charges and released on $300,000 bail. He says he expects to be exonerated.

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