A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, Thom Mrozek, told The Washington Post that Avenatti was arrested on the "allegation of violating the terms of his pretrial release", adding that he is expected to appear in Santa Ana federal court on Wednesday.
The attorney became a household name during his representation of adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, when prosecutors pursued a case past year against President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. The lawyer, who flirted with a presidential run, became a fixture on cable news shows. He was asked about his skincare routine and Tom Ford suits during a photoshoot with Daniels by Annie Leibovitz.
Prosecutors said it appeared Avenatti's hiding of his $1-million payment had broken federal wire and mail fraud laws, as well as a federal law that prohibits the structuring of bank withdrawals to evade reporting to the government of currency transactions above $10,000.
Looks like any chance of Michael Avenatti pursuing his dream of becoming Commander in Chief one day is effectively over at this point.
The prominent lawyer with his trademark Twitter hashtag #basta also dipped his toe for a brief moment in the president's candidate pool, dined with potential donors and formed a PAC to accept donations.
U.S. District Judge James Selna remanded Avenatti to federal custody at a hearing in Santa Ana, California, where prosecutors had charged him last March with stealing millions of dollars from clients, defrauding a bank and lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a bankruptcy court. Prospective jurors in the first of his scheduled trials, having to do with the Nike allegations, were scheduled to show up at federal court in NY on Tuesday to begin the process of seeing who could serve on his case. "Mr. Avenatti has been out on bail in the California case for a long time".
Avenatti is facing federal charges on both coasts in connection with myriad fraud allegations, though he had been allowed to remain free on bond.
The State Bar of California hearing was a disciplinary case in which he was being put on "involuntary inactive" status in the disbarment process. The state bar has filed a disbarment case as a separate procedure. Proceedings in the matter began last June.
The complaint included allegations that Avenatti had stolen almost $ 840,000 from former customer Gregory Barela, who testified on Tuesday. In previous court files, Avenatti's lawyer denied that he had misused Barela's funds. Avenatti probably helped in confirming Kavanaugh, as Sen.