Michael Avenatti ordered to pay $148,750 in restitution to Stormy Daniels

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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Michael Avenatti, the brash celebrity lawyer who rose to fame taking on Donald Trump before a slew of criminal charges destroyed his legal career, was ordered on Friday to pay $148,750 in restitution to his best-known client, porn actress Stormy Daniels. Avenatti, 51, was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury in February of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for embezzling $297,500 in book proceeds from Daniels, who testified that Avenatti “stole from me and lied to me.” U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in June sentenced Avenatti to four years in prison,…

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