Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti, a former opponent of Donald Trump, has been sentenced to 14 years in a fraud count

Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for defrauding clients and obstructing IRS efforts to collect payroll taxes from his coffee business.

He was also fined $7 million in compensation.

The sentence runs consecutively with his combined five-year sentence in New York for stealing from Stormy Daniels and racketeering from Nike.

The sentence handed down by a federal judge in Los Angeles is several years short of what prosecutors were seeking.

Avenatti pleaded guilty in June to stealing money from customers, including one who is paraplegic, and in one count to obstructing the collection of federal payroll taxes from his coffee business.

Avenatti rose to celebrity status in 2018 alongside Daniels, his then-client and an adult film star who filed multiple lawsuits — unsuccessfully — against then-President Donald Trump.

For a time, the brazen attorney was a fixture on cable news shows and the subject of flattering magazine articles. Reporters asked him about his skincare routine and Tom Ford suits while he and Daniels posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Avenatti also briefly dipped his toe in the presidential candidacy pool, dined with potential donors, and formed a political action group to take donations.

Then a series of indictments uncovered a series of crimes that derailed his career and resulted in lengthy prison terms.

Michael Avenatti speaks with members of the media after leaving federal court in New York, February 4, 2022. Jailed attorney Avenatti was sentenced Monday, December 5, 2022 in Southern California to 14 years in prison and $7 million in damages after admitting to cheating four of his clients out of millions of dollars.

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In the federal case that imposed the 14-year sentence, “Mr. Avenatti received money on behalf of clients in client escrow accounts, embezzled the money and lied to clients about receiving the money,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in the year 2019

An indictment against Avenatti says he stole millions of dollars from clients after they received settlements in various cases. According to prosecutors, these funds were only intended to flow through Avenatti, but instead stayed with him.

One of the clients who said he was never paid was Geoffrey Johnson, who is paraplegic. Johnson won a $4 million settlement against Los Angeles County in 2015. Prosecutors said money was paid to Avenatti but never given to Johnson.

Authorities said Avenatti told Johnson the money wasn’t available yet and that he was “advancing” money to Johnson to pay the rent. According to prosecutors, Avenatti had the $4 million at all times and used it for personal and business expenses.

“Mr. Johnson is the victim of a horrific fraud committed by the one person who has bestowed him with the most loyalty and honesty: his own attorney,” Johnson’s attorney, Josh Robbins, told ABC News in 2019.

ABC News’ Lucien Bruggeman, Stacy Chen, Kaitlyn Folmer, Josh Margolin and Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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