The Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service on Thursday will announce the filing of a 36-count grand jury indictment against Michael Avenatti.
Officials from both agencies will discuss the indictment at a morning press conference at the U.S. attorney’s office in downtown Los Angeles. Avenatti appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom April 1 after being charged with filing false tax returns to fraudulently obtain $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank and keeping $1.6 million that belonged to a client. Avenatti had been arrested a week earlier in New York, where he was charged in a separate case with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
For 20 years, I have represented Davids vs. Goliaths and relied on due process and our system of justice. Along the way, I have made many powerful enemies. I am entitled to a FULL presumption of innocence and am confident that justice will be done once ALL of the facts are known.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 11, 2019