Lawyer Avenatti Charged in California with US Fraud, Tax Crimes
Lawyer Michael Avenatti was charged with 36 counts of fraud, tax evasion, identity theft and other financial crimes in an indictment made public by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles on Thursday. The indictment came about three weeks after Avenatti, best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested in New York on two separate criminal complaints filed by federal prosecutors in New York and California. The indictment means the grand jury has found the California prosecutors have probable cause to pursue their charges. Avenatti has said he is innocent.