close Video Michael Avenatti hit with new federal charges Feds charge Michael Avenatti with fraud, aggravated identity theft involving former client Stormy Daniels; Jacqui Heinrich reports from New York. Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti was charged by federal prosecutors in New York Wednesday with defrauding adult-film star Stormy Daniels, the client who propelled Avenatti into the national spotlight. Avenatti, 48, faces one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted of those charges. Daniels is not named in the indictment, but a federal law enforcement official confirmed to Fox News that she is the client prosecutors claimed Avenatti defrauded. Avenatti rocketed to fame representing Daniels when she sued to be released from a non-disclosure agreement involving an alleged tryst with President Trump in 2006. He parlayed his notoriety into numerous cable news appearances and even was floated as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Michael Avenatti, right, and Stormy Daniels speaking to reporters outside Manhattan federal court in April 2018. (Reuters, File) MICHAEL AVENATTI HIRES LAWYER TO DEFEND HIM IN FEDERAL FRAUD CASE IN CALIFORNIA According to prosecutors, Avenatti stole two payments totaling $297,500 from an advance Daniels… Read full this story
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