Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzling $2.5 million from an NBA player, report says

Business Insider | 4/1/2019 | Kelly McLaughlin
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Attorney Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzling $1.5 million from Miami Heat player Hassan Whiteside in 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

Whiteside had wired Avenatti $2.75 million in January 2017 to cover the majority of a $3 million settlement with his ex-girlfriend, Alexis Gardner, who Avenatti was repping at the time.

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Prosecutors alleged that Avenatti told Gardner the payment only covered his share of the legal fees and that her settlement would come in 96 smaller monthly installments.

Avenatti was entitled to $1 million in legal fees, but instead took $2.5 million and put it toward a private jet, prosecutors alleged.

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Attorney Michael Avenatti is accused of embezzling $1.5 million from NBA player Hassan Whiteside in 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

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Whiteside, who plays for the Miami Heat, had wired Avenatti $2.75 million in January 2017 to cover the majority of a $3 million settlement with his ex-girlfriend, Alexis Gardner, who Avenatti was repping at the time, court documents seen by the LA Times said.

Avenatti was entitled to $1 million in legal fees, but instead took $2.5 million and put it toward a private jet, prosecutors alleged in an April 10 indictment by a California-based grand jury. The LA Times report does not make it clear where the remaining...
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