Attorney Michael Avenatti faces new criminal charges in Calif.

Michael Avenatti

A hearing was set for 9 a.m. PDT Thursday, when federal prosecutors will release more information in the case. The money was wired to Avenatti in January 2015, but he hid it from Johnson for years, according to the indictment.

In another instance, Avenatti allegedly took $2.5 million from a $2.75 million client settlement payment to purchase his portion of a private jet, while falsely telling the client that the settlement was set up to provide monthly payments over eight years.

The breadth of Avenatti's alleged crimes is clear in the maximum sentence he would face if convicted on all counts: 335 years in prison. He's now free on bail. After all, the Lawyer of the Year contest here is about the lawyer who best dominates the year's news, and for all the attention Michael Avenatti received combating Donald Trump to secure last year's title, this year he may make as many waves defending himself.

He is also accused of embezzling from another client's settlement of $1.6 million, which Avenatti denied receiving when he'd actually spent it all on personal expenses, prosecutors said. An indictment in that case is expected soon.

Beginning in 2015, Avenatti executed a scheme to defraud five clients, according to the indictment, one of whom was a paraplegic from whom Avenatti allegedly withheld a settlement payment of $4 million.

The indictments include the two charges filed against him in March, including allegations that Avenatti submitted fake financial information to a MS bank in order to get three loans worth $4.1 million.

Avenatti also disputed Nike's claim that it's been cooperating with a probe into corruption in college basketball, as Nike said after Avenatti was arrested outside the company's law firm.

It is Lawyer 101: "You do not steal your clients' money", said Hanna.

Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, speaks to media alongside Avenatti, her lawyer, outside a federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York City on April 16, 2018.

The IRS and Department of Justice announced Thursday a 36-count grand jury indictment against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti.

The indictment also accuses Avenatti of various tax crimes.

The IRS reportedly began investigating Avenatti more than a year ago, though it's also been noted that that attorney "began to run afoul of the IRS nearly a decade ago" by failing to file income tax returns. After the IRS sought those unpaid taxes through a lien and levy notices to financial institutions that did business with the coffee company, Avenatti lied to IRS officials about his involvement in the chain's finances, the indictment says. Echoing allegations by Avenatti's former law partner Jason Frank, the grand jury accused Avenatti of signing multiple false court statements, under penalty of perjury, hiding substantial revenue from Frank, the IRS and other creditors. In one example in the indictment, Avenatti answered "no" under oath during the proceeding when asked if his firm received any fees from the Super Bowl NFL litigation.

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