The remaining fraud charges against California attorney Michael Avenatti will be dropped, the U.S. Department of Justice stated on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said they want to drop the remaining charges against Avenatti, who pled guilty to five counts last week, in a document filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Prosecutors said, “Such a sentence would eliminate the necessity for a trial on the remaining counts.” As a result, the government anticipates taking action to throw out the remaining charges of the indictment when the sentence is given.
Avenatti entered a guilty plea to four charges of wire fraud and one count of tax fraud after attempting to hinder the Internal Revenue Service’s effort to collect $5 million in outstanding payroll taxes for his business, Tully’s Coffee, and embezzling $4 million from four of his customers.
Although it is anticipated that his sentence would be less than the maximum, he faces a statutory maximum of 83 years in jail.
“At the sentencing hearing, we are eager to highlight all of Mr. Avenatti’s advantages. His protracted legal ordeal is almost over, “Dean Steward, Avenatti’s lawyer, said to CNN.
Due to his theft of over $300,000 from Stormy Daniels, Avenatti is presently serving a four-year jail term. He was found guilty of wire fraud and severe identity theft in a New York court.
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He was already serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike at the time.