“Michael Avenatti Sentenced to Four-Year Prison Term for Stealing From Stormy Daniels”

From the WSJ (behind paywall):

Onetime celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for stealing $300,000 from the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whom he represented in her battles with former President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York said Mr. Avenatti, 51 years old, took advantage of a vulnerable victim by stealing book payments from Ms. Daniels. Mr. Avenatti was convicted earlier this year on wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

The sentence would send a message to lawyers and those in the legal profession, Judge Furman said.

“If you go astray in the way Mr. Avenatti did, you will pay a steep price,” he said.

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