Transcript for Feds file new charges against Michael Avenatti
We are announcing today that a federal grand jury in Santa Ana California. Has returned it 36 count indictment against attorney Michael up and not. This indictment is now the operative charging document in the case. Indictment substantially broadens. The criminal conduct that was charged in the criminal complaint that was unsealed on March 25. The charges now being alleged against mr. opera knotty can be broken down into four general categories. First. Wire fraud. Related to the theft of millions of dollars from five clients. Including a paraplegic man who agree to a multi million dollar settlement. But has received only a fraction of the money despite the fact it was dropping out he received the full settlement amount over four years ago. Second. Tax fraud. Including failing to file income tax returns for himself and his law firm. The jewel here in a few minutes from special agent in charge corner. Mr. Robb an Audi also allegedly took steps designed to obstruct an IRS collection. Hyde is coffee company's income. And prevent the I arrests from collecting on a series of tax liens and levies filed since 2000 at seventeen. Third it bank fraud. Including allegations in the original complaint that mr. Robin knotty received three loans from a Mississippi bank. Based on application supported by phoning tax returns. And for. Bankruptcy fraud. The indictment alleges that after his law firm was forced into bankruptcy over two years ago. Mr. Robb a -- has repeatedly lied to the bankruptcy court. To the bankruptcy trustee. And to his creditors by failing to report income. His bankrupt firm was receiving.
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