Avenatti allegedly used the money to pay his expenses, including payroll for employees at his law firm and a monthly $3,900 payment for his leased Ferrari.
The case in the Southern District of New York charges Michael Avenatti with multiple counts of extortion, and the case in California charges him with bank fraud and wire fraud.
Avenatti is facing charges in both New York and California for a smorgasbord of illegal activities, including extorting Nike.
The FBI throwing the book at a bunch of the country’s rich and famous has the added benefit to being a surefire distraction from the ethical hole the FBI has dug itself.
What the cheating scandal shows is that it’s actually really hard to game the system and very few people can successfully do it.
The justifications for propping up universities, which often act as little more than elite sorting mechanisms as well as left-wing indoctrination centers, are growing thin.
Every spot taken by a cheater is a spot that is denied to someone who played by the rules and did the honest work.
Claas Relotius, who was once named CNN Journalist of the Year, resigned from his job as a writer and editor at German news magazine Der Spiegel after confessing to purveying fake news on a ‘grand scale.’
The ease of the screening process and the short timeframe it takes to get a green card have turned U.S. asylum into a haven for fraud. Even the liberal media agrees.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, social media blew up over an internet subculture of women who trade images of lewd acts for money.
Are Florida’s election officials merely incompetent, or is there a sinister plot afoot to throw the election results towards Democrats?
Companies who fraudulently represent themselves to achieve taxpayer subsidies are, quite literally, stealing from all Americans.
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss fraud, infidelity, and other important takeaways from the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen news stories.
If the anti-conversion therapy argument relies on paid therapy as consumer fraud, the full spectrum of New Age services should be equally at issue.
A federal judge attacked Robert Mueller’s expansive Russia probe on Friday during a hearing related to Paul Manafort’s charges of tax and bank fraud.
It seems an incredible waste to put tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of taxpayer dollars at risk, for want of a technological infrastructure likely costing far less.
Hours before the U.S. Senate passed the tax overhaul early Wednesday morning, Rosie O’Donnell tweeted at Republican senators, offering them $2 million in cash to vote against it.
If Sen. Bob Menendez is found guilty for bribery and corruption, he could be spending a lot of time in jail, but he may not resign from office to preserve Democrats’ political power.
On Monday morning a federal judge dismissed a request to declare the corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez and his wealthy benefactor a mistrial.
Former Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Harry Reid (D-Nevada) set up a meeting for her and Sen. Bob Menendez in 2012 to discuss his wealthy friend’s legal woes.
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