Avenatti Ordered To Face Fraud Charges
More bad news for disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti.
A U.S. judge rejected his bid to dismiss a criminal charge that he defrauded a client.
The client said he knew about improper payments that Nike allegedly made to families of college basketball recruits.
Prosecutors accused Avenatti of telling Nike extorting Nike last month.
Avenatti wanted $1-million for his client and $25-million for himself.
Prosecutors said this deprived Avenatti’s client of his “honest services” and constituted fraud.