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Michael Avenatti has had a busy last few weeks. First, he had his bail revoked in the California federal fraud case against him. The government claimed that while he was free on bail in that fraud case, Avenatti continued to engage in fraud.
Specifically, the government alleges that Avenatti received a $1 million fee as part of a settlement in one of his cases and engaged in a bunch of shenanigans to hide that money to prevent it from being seized to pay the many judgments against him. The government said Avenatti is in at least $21 million in debt to his former law partner, former clients, his wife, and the state of Washington. So to hide this newly received $1 million, Avenatti withdrew the money in cashier’s checks and then began flipping cashier’s checks to himself.
Bail - Revocation - Hearing - California - Judge
During his bail revocation hearing, the California federal judge found there is an ongoing danger that Avenatti will engage in similar conduct and that the danger is real and palpable. Avenatti was then remanded to jail and transported to New York for the Nike extortion trial that was supposed to begin on January 21.
The kicker? Avenatti was arrested in California during a break in his California Bar disciplinary proceeding. The best fiction writers in the world wouldn’t have come up with that!
Friday - Avenatti - New - York - Metropolitan
This past Friday Avenatti arrived in New York and is currently housed in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC). If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s where Jeffrey Epstein was incarcerated and later killed himself (yes, he killed himself and was not murdered).
Like Epstein, Avenatti has also been placed in the Special Housing Unit. The SHU is extremely restrictive. The inmates are in their cells 23 hours a day. In a letter to the court last weekend, Avenatti’s lawyers begged the judge to order the...
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