Michael Avenatti, the superstar lawyer identified for his work on a variety of high-profile instances, was sentenced on Monday to 14 years in jail for tax evasion and stealing from shoppers, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
The sentencing of Avenatti, 51, ends a sequence of federal prosecutions in opposition to the disgraced lawyer, who turned a family identify for representing former grownup movie star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits in opposition to former President Donald Trump.
In the course of the sentencing in Los Angeles, U.S. District Decide James V. Selna stated Avenatti had executed “many noble and good issues in his life,” however had “additionally executed nice evil,” the Instances reported.
Along with the 14 years behind bars, Avenatti was additionally ordered to pay $8 million in restitution to shoppers he had stolen from, per the Instances.
Avenatti is already conversant in incarceration, as he’s already serving a five-year sentence for extortion and fraud following separate trials in New York Metropolis, throughout which he pleaded responsible to 4 counts of wire fraud. Consequently, he shall be ordered to serve the 14 years after his present sentence is up.
Whereas his profile had all the time been well-known in authorized circles, it was Avenatti’s work representing Daniels that made him a nationwide identify. Daniels famously sued Trump after his legal professionals admitted to paying her $130,000 to remain silent about an alleged affair she had with the previous president.
Regardless of the high-profile nature of the case, Daniels was allegedly one of many shoppers that Avenatti had stolen from essentially the most.