Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump antagonist Avenatti’s bail is revoked, threatening Nike trial in NY

Trump antagonist Avenatti’s bail is revoked, threatening Nike trial in NY

Avenatti was scheduled to appear in a Southern California courtroom Wednesday. Court documents supporting the arrest lay out several schemes orchestrated by Avenatti to hide his assets from creditors and continue to live a lavish lifestyle amid debts surpassing $10 million.

The ruling by Judge Paul Gardephe follows an earlier decision by a California judge to revoke Avenatti's bail, after West Coast prosecutors unsealed new charges claiming he'd violated the terms of his release while awaiting three separate trials for extortion and embezzlement.

The complaint against Avenatti includes allegations that he stole almost $840,000 from former client Gregory Barela, who also testified Tuesday.

Jose Quinon, a lawyer for Avenatti, sought a longer delay, saying that because the new accusations involved money his client controlled, they undermined Avenatti's ability even to pay for witnesses.

Avenatti also reportedly attempted to coerce his ex-wife into using $50,000 of his money in order to purchase a Mercedes-Benz vehicle in her own name.

Then, last spring, after the Los Angeles prosecutor denied the domestic violence complaint due to a previous incident, Avenatti was charged with extortion, fraud, and embezzlement by a paraplegic client by the NY and California prosecutors.

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Avenatti is facing federal charges on both coasts in connection with myriad fraud allegations, though he had been allowed to remain free on bond.

Former presidential candidate and attorney Michael Avenatti is headed for federal custody and has been denied bail.

Avenatti was scheduled for trial next week in a Manhattan federal court over his alleged plot to extort $25 million from Nike, according to USA Today, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

"The arrest of Mr. Avenatti has essentially thrown this trial into chaos", Judge Gardephe said. "So there are certainly questions in my mind about why it was necessary to raise allegations about bail violations so close to the trial and it certainly has put defense counsel in a very hard position".

Avenatti faces trial in May in California on a 36-count indictment that includes allegations that he defrauded clients of millions of dollars, stiffed the IRS and committed bank fraud. NY prosecutors filed additional charges in May.

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