Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti entered a guilty plea on Thursday in a California federal court on wire fraud and tax-related charges.
Avenatti, who represented himself during the criminal proceedings, changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” on four counts of wire fraud and one count of obstructing the administration of the Internal Revenue Code.
He entered his guilty plea despite not reaching a deal with federal prosecutors, meaning he could be sentenced to the statutory maximum of 83 years in prison.
United States District Judge James Selna set Avenatti’s sentencing for September 19, but that could be vacated if federal prosecutors decide to go forward with 31 other counts he is facing.
The decision on whether prosecutors will go forward with the