Prosecutors say Michael Avenatti ought to get 17 years in jail for fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES — Convicted prison and disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti ought to serve 17½ years in jail after he pleaded responsible to financial institution fraud and tax offenses in California this yr, federal prosecutors stated Tuesday.

The advice was included in a 303-page sentencing memo filed by the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for Central California.

The sentence would run consecutively with a four-year sentence handed down in a separate case in New York involving former grownup movie actor Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti, who as soon as represented Daniels, was discovered responsible in February of stealing $300,000 of the $800,000 advance Daniels was paid for her e book “Full Disclosure,” which included particulars about an affair she says she had with Donald Trump earlier than he was president.

Within the California case, Avenatti admitted pocketing tens of millions of {dollars} that belonged to shoppers and mendacity to them about it, prosecutors stated when he pleaded responsible in June.

Because the proprietor of World Baristas US LLC, which operated Tully’s Espresso, Avenatti admitted to protecting $5 million in payroll taxes.

A sentencing memo filed by a lawyer for Avenatti requested for a most jail time period of three years adopted by three years of supervised launch.

The memo acknowledged that Avenatti impeded the IRS and “misappropriated monies due 4 of his authorized shoppers, misled them repeatedly, and violated their belief.” However Avenatti must be “handled and sentenced based mostly on his life as a complete throughout the final 51 years, not his notoriety,” the submitting added.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

In a separate case, Avenatti was convicted in February 2020 of extortion and different crimes after he threatened to smash Nike’s repute until it agreed to pay him and his consumer tens of millions of {dollars}. He was sentenced to 2½ years in jail.

Andrew Blankstein reported from Los Angeles and Tim Stelloh from Alameda, California.

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