U.S. lawyer Avenatti should serve consecutive sentences -prosecutors

NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – Michael Avenatti, the famed attorney who hired former U.S. President Donald Trump, is expected to serve back-to-back prison sentences for two recent criminal convictions, prosecutors argued on Friday, rejecting his request for purge simultaneously.

Avenatti, 51, shot to fame in 2018 defending porn star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Trump. But the Los Angeles-based lawyer’s career fell apart amid accusations he stole from Daniels and extorted $25 million from Nike Inc (NKE.N).

In a case filed late Thursday, federal prosecutors in Manhattan — who won Avenatti’s conviction earlier this year for embezzling nearly $300,000 of the proceeds from Daniels’ book — said he should serve a sentence of “substantial” prison for a fraud charge and a two-year sentence. for a related identity theft charge.

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They said he would have to serve both sentences in addition to the 2½-year prison sentence for his 2020 conviction in the Nike case.

“The defendant not only lied and robbed someone in violation of his solemn duties, but at the same time he was doing so, he was appearing on television and in other media, misrepresenting himself as Daniels’ champion” , wrote the prosecutors. .

Avenatti is expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman on June 2.

Avenatti last week asked for a three-year sentence in the Daniels case, with one of those years to be served alongside Nike’s sentence, thereby reducing his prison term.

“The government’s recommendation is simply more than necessary to achieve the statutory goals of sentencing in federal court,” Avenatti’s legal team said in a statement.

Avenatti has vowed to appeal the guilty verdict.

Daniels is known to have received $130,000 from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in exchange for her silence before the 2016 election about sex she says she had with Trump, which he denied .

Avenatti successfully released Daniels from his nondisclosure agreement with Trump.

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Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York Editing by Frances Kerry and Richard Chang

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