Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday for cheating four former clients out of millions of dollars and trying to obstruct the Crooked IRS from collecting payroll taxes from a coffee shop that he owned.
It caps off a stunning fall from grace for the former attorney, who is already serving five years in prison for stealing book proceeds from porn actress Stormy Daniels and trying to extort Nike out of $25 million.
The 14-year sentence handed down on Monday will run consecutively to the five years that he is already serving in previous cases, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna ruled.
The disgraced lawyer was also ordered to pay $7 million in restitution to his victims.
Ahead of his sentencing, Avenatti told the judge, “I am deeply remorseful and contrite. There is no doubt that all of them deserve much better, and I hope that someday they will accept my apologies and find it in their heart to forgive me.”
In imposing the 14-year sentence, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna ordered that Avenatti’s term of imprisonment run consecutive to sentences totaling five years previously imposed in two federal cases in the Southern District of New York.
— US Attorney Los Angeles (@USAO_LosAngeles) December 5, 2022
Avenatti, who once claimed he was going to send former President Donald Trump to jail, and who the liberal media once gushed over as a potential Democrat presidential candidate, is now sentenced to serve 14 years behind bars himself.
In August 2018, Avenatti tweeted, “Donald Trump and all the president’s con men think they are above the law, that they are untouchable and cannot be held accountable. We will not rest until we prove them wrong. And I promise you that we will. #Basta.”
Donald Trump and all the president’s con men think they are above the law, that they are untouchable and cannot be held accountable. We will not rest until we prove them wrong. And I promise you that we will. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 25, 2018
In October of that year, Avenatti crowed, “Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #Winning.”
Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18. If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months. #Winning
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 11, 2018
Michael Avenatti, the already imprisoned lawyer who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in litigation against Donald Trump, was sentenced to another 14 years in prison after he admitted to cheating four other clients out of millions of dollars https://t.co/4h1F3pYIYF pic.twitter.com/HSjPEbtS0o
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 6, 2022
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