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Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, has reportedly pleaded guilty to the remaining criminal cases against him.
Avenatti is charged with 36 counts of fraud, embezzlement, perjury, failure to pay taxes and other financial crimes.
In a filing before a federal judge in Southern California on Sunday, Avenatti said he wanted to change his plea, marking the end of his criminal trial.
Avenatti was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for stealing book proceeds from his former client, Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who catapulted him to fame such as during her legal battles with then-President Trump.
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The California attorney, who is currently in prison, learned his fate in Manhattan federal court, where Judge Jesse M. Furman said the verdict will mean Avenatti will spend another 2 1/2 years in prison, on top of the 2 1/2 years he already has. serve after another fraud conviction.
His conviction for aggravated identity theft required a mandatory two-year prison term. He was also convicted of wire fraud. He is already serving a 2 1/2 year sentence for blackmailing Nike. Avenatti was convicted in 2020 of threatening to ruin the shoemaker’s reputation if it didn’t pay him up to $25 million.
Avenatti’s additional 36 counts of fraud could potentially see him serve many more years in prison.
“Despite repeated efforts over the past year by Mr. Avenatti and his counsel, including substantial efforts over the past 30 days, the defendant has failed to reach a plea deal with the government,” Avenatti’s lawyer said in a statement. Sunday’s application. “Mr. Avenatti wants to advocate for accountability; to avoid further burdening his former clients; save the Court and the government significant resources; and further embarrass his family.”
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Avenatti has asked the court to schedule a hearing to formally submit his amendment to the plea. His trial was set to begin at the end of July.
Fox News’ Lee Ross and The Associated Press contributed to this report.