I miss JAllen right now. Bet he's looking down, busting a big belly laugh.
These charges should result in a loss of license and being barred from practice?
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Haha, yeah, I'd say so. I read that he's looking at 50 years for the charges in California and something like 47 years for the charges in NYC.
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Attorney Michael Avenatti will be released this evening on a $300,000 bond.
Avenatti, who was represented by two federal defenders, was not asked to enter a plea and did not do so.
When the judge asked Avenatti if he understood the charges against him, he replied, “I do, your honor.”
He was also ordered to give up his passport and cease contact with an unnamed witness. Avenatti will only be allowed to travel to New York and California.
Attorney Mark Geragos is the unnamed co-conspirator referred to in the Southern District of New York's criminal complaint against Michael Avenatti, a source familiar confirms to CNN.
The complaint described the co-conspirator as "an attorney licensed in California who's known for his representation of celebrity and public figure clients."
Geragos has not been charged with a crime.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that Geragos was the unnamed co-conspirator.
Geragos did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.
ZSMICHAEL has a thread titled "3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal"
That thread started 6 Mar 2019 and is about Adidas. That story is what Avenatti was warning Nike could happen to them.
And released by CNN.
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Time for Jussie and Colin to bring a lawsuit against humanity for racism yadda yadda...
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I read the Wash Examiner article about Geragos being indicted.
But that hasn't been reported anywhere else that I could find.
WSJ and others identified Geragos as Avenatti's coconspirator in the FBI complaint against Avenatti.
I am wondering if Geragos is a "cooperating" witness. Guess we will know soon.
Geragos represents Colin Kaepernick. Nike made a major move to resign Kaepernick and promote Kaepernick clothing.
Remember Nike's ad:
Nike must have been quite surprised that Geragos then tried to jack them up for millions in an extortion scheme
Avenatti, released on bond, decided to drop his 'bombshell' via Twitter this morning.
This 'bombshell' story was reported in the media last year.
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Loudmouthed idiot. And he thinks Donald Trump has an ego?? This guy is incredibly full of himself.
I hope he gets the max. He's truly a detriment to society and he needs to be imprisoned for a long, long time.
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He must be reprsenting himself if he's so stupid as to actually send that while walking away from jail. For the day, anyway.
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some past links between Avenatti, Geragos, and Nike
Mr. Kaepernick had become a free agent after the 2016 season, and Nike hadn’t been featuring him in its advertising or making gear with his name on it.
Around the beginning of 2018, Mr. Kaepernick and his team, including Mr. Geragos, began discussions with Nike executives about changing that, a person familiar with the deal said. Mr. Geragos and Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives told Nike executives in New York they wanted Nike to feature him again—a risky proposition for the apparel giant. Nike is an NFL partner, and the league was still engaged in its high-profile grievance with Mr. Kaepernick
As the discussions between Mr. Geragos and the rest of Mr. Kaepernick’s team with Nike continued, other apparel companies such as Puma SE and Adidas AG expressed interest in using Mr. Kaepernick, the person said; Mr. Kaepernick’s Nike deal was set to expire in 2019. The negotiations between the two sides led to a rich new deal for Mr. Kaepernick and the high-profile campaign that made its debut in September.
In the wake of the deal, Mr. Geragos boasted about the success of the company’s viral advertisement featuring Mr. Kaepernick and how much it was helping Nike. “For those who judge success by the stock market going up, apparently Nike is on fire,” he tweeted in September.
When Mr. Avenatti was arrested last November on suspicion of domestic violence, he hired Mr. Geragos. Prosecutors did not charge Mr. Avenatti in the matter.
then in this month, Geragos allegedly entered a very different type of negotiation with Nike. After that initial phone call with the lawyers for Nike, prosecutors allege that the parties met on March 19 at Mr. Geragos’s office in New York, where Mr. Avenatti said he would hold a news conference to reveal payments from Nike employees to the families of top high-school basketball players—unless Nike paid Mr. Avenatti’s client, a high-school basketball coach, and hired him and Mr. Geragos to conduct an internal investigation.
Mr. Avenatti and Mr. Geragos wanted an answer immediately, according to the complaint. After a lawyer for Nike left a voice message for Mr. Geragos later in the day asking for more time, Mr. Geragos agreed to give them two more days. What they didn’t know was that Nike representatives contacted the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan regarding the demands.
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So I guess his run for the Presidency is out, huh
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Geragos and Avenatti have been identified as coconspirators in a case of extortion against Nike.
Now we find out Geragos and Avenatti are lawyers for Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman in a case involving the Nxivm sex cult racketeering.
Clare Bronfman faints in Nxivm hearing when asked if she hired Michael Avenatti
these guys sure get around
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Avenatti filed that he could not afford a lawyer. He has been appointed public defenders.
the Internal Revenue Service claims Avenatti reported $1.9 million in personal income in 2009 but didn’t pay $570,000 in taxes. The following year, he didn’t pay his $282,000 tax bill after reporting income of $1.2 million.
According to prosecutors, Avenatti hasn’t filed a single income tax return since, despite depositing $18 million into various bank accounts associated with him.
“During these tax years, Avenatti generated substantial income and lived lavishly,” IRS investigator Remoun Karlous, an IRS criminal investigator, was quoted by the L.A. Times as saying in his sworn statement.
Michael Avenatti’s life of luxury hangs by a thread as IRS comes calling
Who does he think he is, Jesse Jackson?
Al Capone apparently...
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He's toast. He will spend time in jail and he will lose his law license. He's bankrupt.
Karma is a bitch.
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In the charges against Avenatti extorting Nike, it has been revealed who his "client" is:
Coach Gary Franklin Sr of the California Supreme program.
The example Avenatti cited for Nike paying the basketball player's family is Deandre Ayton. The payoffs where when Ayton was a high school player.
Ayton is now a 20 y.o. rookie w the NBA team Phoenix Suns.
Here is the story:
Avenatti’s Client: The Basketball Club Coach Caught Up in a Federal Case.
Paying players and their families would violate N.C.A.A. rules, rendering the players ineligible for college play. Also, if the money was paid in exchange for players to commit to colleges Nike sponsors, it would resemble the behavior that recently led to federal fraud convictions for two former Adidas employees.
Two people familiar with the investigation confirmed that the unidentified coach in the complaint is Franklin. Nike had recently declined to renew its sponsorship deal with Cal Supreme, which was worth more than $70,000 annually
Grass-roots basketball is often erroneously called A.A.U. basketball, even in prosecutors’ court filings. That is a misnomer because the elite leagues are not sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union. Rather, they are supported by sneaker companies that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to organize tournaments from April through July. The teenage players who participate are outfitted, from head to toe, in apparel made by and bearing the logo of the league’s sponsor.
Ayton, who spent a season at Arizona before the Phoenix Suns made him the top overall pick in the 2018 N.B.A. draft, was Cal Supreme’s highest-profile player.
But in a twist, after years of wearing Nikes , Ayton signed a lucrative deal to wear Pumas when he went to the N.B.A . For Nike, it was an investment that did not pay off.
much more at the article
I had no idea that the sneaker companies were sponsoring high school kids and entire leagues to get them to wear their shoes.
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Jason Frank is a former legal partner of Avenatti.
According to a court judgment, Avenatti owes Frank $10 million in unpaid profits from his former law firm Eagan Avenatti
There was a hearing on Friday about Avenatti hiding money to avoid paying Frank.
The court heard that in 2015 Avenatti's law firm won a settlement from the County of Los Angeles in a lawsuit it filed on behalf of Geoffrey Johnson, a paraplegic man with mental health issues.
Frank's lawyer revealed a $4 million settlement contract signed by Avenatti in January 2015, resulting in a check for $4 million from LA County to his firm Eagan Avenatti.
But according to bank records presented by Frank's attorney Andrew Stolper, Johnson was only paid around $2,900 per month after the settlement.
The records, presented by Stolper in court, show the $4 million was put in a trust account rather than being sent directly to Johnson.
Avenatti described the allegations as 'absolutely outrageous' and said the payments were an advance on a different settlement payment.
He said in court that the $4 million check cashed in his trust account was not the same $4 million sent to his firm by LA County five days earlier.
Separately, Stopler produced documents showing that the NFL paid Avenatti's firm around $1.5 million to settle a case with one of the firm's clients on May 17, 2017.
The same day, Avenatti set up a private trust account and funneled $952,000 of the settlement money to it, bank statements presented in court showed.
Frank's lawyer Stolper told federal judge Karen Scott that the documents showed Avenatti 'set up a secret trust account' and used it to hide money from creditors trying to recover unpaid debts from Eagan Avenatti.
Avenatti told Stolper in court that 'whatever happened to [the money] was perfectly legal' and there was 'nothing wrong' with diverting part of it to a separate trust account.
Avenatti ducked and dived during the hours of grilling by Frank's attorney, frequently telling Stolper he 'can't recall' where clients' money was wired to and which of his law firms - Eagan Avenatti, Avenatti and Associates, and Avenatti LLP - were being paid.
Stolper also accused Avenatti of filibusters, making 'a hodgepodge or frankly contradictory testimony', and of failing to hand over documents to Frank weeks after the judge ordered it.
Avenatti said he had supplied a 'litany of documents' and said Stolper was trying to pull a 'grandiose stunt'.
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