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Michael Avenatti Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Paraplegic Client's Settlement Money

Michael Avenatti Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Paraplegic Client's Settlement Money --Avenatti also allegedly undermined his paraplegic client's attempt to buy a house and jeopardized his Social Security payments by failing to file paperwork. | 11 April 2019 | Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is already accused of federal financial crimes, has been indicted on 36 counts of embezzlement and fraud by a California federal grand jury, U.S. prosecutors announced Thursday. If Avenatti is found guilty of all charges in the new indictment, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 335 years in prison. Prosecutors allege that Avenatti stole millions of dollars from his clients. Those clients include "Client 1," a man who is paraplegic and who won a $4 million settlement from Los Angeles County. Prosecutors allege Avenatti drained money from the man's trust account and used the money to finance a coffee business and pay other expenses. "More than four years later, Client 1 is still waiting to receive his portion of the settlement," U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said at a news conference in Los Angeles.