According to a new report, disgraced and embattled anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti will be indicted on 36 criminal accounts.
The agencies will discuss the indictment at a press conference at 9:00 a.m. local time, a joint statement reads.
The announcement comes after Avenatti appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom April 1 after being charged with filing false tax returns to secure $4 million in loans and withholding $1.6 million from a client.
Avenatti denies any wrongdoing and is now blaming Nike.
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Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti is expected be slammed Thursday with a 36-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
The indictment, scheduled to be discussed at a press conference in Los Angeles at 9 a.m. PT, comes more than two weeks after federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and New York hit Avenatti with separate criminal complaints.
A press advisory issued by prosecutors says that the IRS is involved in the case, which suggests Avenatti will be charged with tax crimes.
Prosecutors in L.A. accused him in their prior complaint of defrauding a legal client by looting a $1.6 million civil settlement for that man to pay for Avenatti’s personal and business expenses.
He was also accused in that case of defrauding a Mississippi bank by using bogus federal income tax returns to apply for and receive $4 million in loans.
The indictment planned to be discussed Thursday has 34 more criminal charges against Avenatti than the two felony counts that prosecutors in Los Angeles lodged against Avenatti on March 25: bank fraud and wire fraud.
In the New York federal case, Avenatti is accused of trying to extort more than $20 million from athletic shoe giant Nike by threatening to expose alleged bribery of amateur basketball players and their families unless the company coughed up cash to Avenatti and a client.