NBC News reports:
Federal prosecutors filed additional charges against high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, claiming the frequent White House critic pocketed nearly $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels.
Daniels was owed money from a book deal and Avenatti allegedly used a “fraudulent document purporting to bear his client’s name and signature to convince his client’s literary agent to divert money owed to Avenatti’s client to an account controlled by Avenatti,” according to a statement by federal prosecutors.
A senior federal law enforcement official told NBC News that “Victim-1” who was allegedly bilked by Avenatti is Stephanie Clifford, otherwise known by her stage name, Stormy Daniels.
I always wondered what happened to make @StormyDaniels so angry at Avenatti. Then I read this.
Damn, Stormy! If all true, you deserve to be more pissed than you’ve hinted at. Ive never read of such amateurish and scummy crimes by a high-profile lawyer. https://t.co/5Dc9Vkx58L
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 22, 2019
It actually makes sense to me that Avenatti seriously considered running for President because it seems like winning the presidency was his only shot at avoiding criminal indictment
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 22, 2019
NOTE TO ALL: Repairs to JMG are continuing. My eternal thanks for your patience and support in this stupid, stupid battle. Where’s Arya Stark when you need her?