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Adult film actress Stormy Daniels stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti outside federal court in New York last year. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) Adult film actress Stormy Daniels stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti outside federal court in New York last year. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Wednesday announced they have charged Michael Avenatti with fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly stealing nearly $300,000 from his former client and adult film star, Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

Tom McParland

Tom McParland of Delaware Law Weekly can be contacted at 215-557-2485 or at tmcparland@alm.com. Follow him on Twitter @TMcParlandTLI.

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