U.S. judge orders Michael Avenatti to face fraud charge as Nike trial looms

Credit: Reuters India- Published 2 weeks ago
A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti's bid to dismiss a criminal charge that he defrauded a client who he said knew about improper payments that Nike allegedly made to families of college basketball recruits.

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Published 2 weeks ago -  00:34
Avenatti Ordered To Face Fraud Charges
More bad news for disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti. A U.S. judge rejected his bid to dismiss a criminal charge that he defrauded a client. The client said he knew about improper payments that Nike allegedly made to families of college basketball recruits. Prosecutors accused Avenatti of telling Nike extorting Nike last month. Avenatti wanted $1-million for his client and $25-million for himself. Prosecutors said this deprived Avenattiโ€™s client of his โ€œhonest servicesโ€ and constituted fraud.

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