SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Federal agents seized high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti's private jet at the Santa Barbara Airport on Wednesday.
The repossession of the jet comes after the embattled lawyer was charged in a 36-count federal indictment alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, failed to pay his taxes, committed bank fraud and lied in bankruptcy proceedings.
Avenatti faces significant jail time if convicted.
"Mr. Avenatti would face a statutory maximum of 333 years in federal prison plus a mandatory two-year consecutive term for an identity theft count," said US Attorney Nick Hanna.
Capello and Noel Trial Lawyers filed a lawsuit against Avenatti in Santa Barbara on behalf of two former FLIR Systems employees in Goleta who claimed Avenatti and his law firms were negligent and mishandled settlement funds.
The lawsuit asks for a jury trial in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
The law firm declined to comment on camera about the lawsuit against Avenatti.