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Statement U.S. Attorney Damian Williams On The Conviction Of Michael Avenatti For Wire Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

As an attorney and fiduciary, Michael Avenatti pledged to advise his clients and act in good faith. As evidenced by his second conviction by this Office in just three years, this time for stealing a book advance from his client, he did just the opposite. Rather than advise his clients in their best interests, Avenatti instead used his law degree as a license to steal. Michael Avenatti has once again been convicted by a unanimous jury for blatant abuse of his privilege to practice law and for betraying his solemn responsibility to his clients.


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated February 15, 2022

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 22-034