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In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Polygamist says he gave $30M from fraud to his Utah group

Feb. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah polygamist testifying against a California businessman who prosecutors say helped him carry-out a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme testified that he and his brother gave millions of dollars of what they made to the polygamous group to which they belong. Jacob...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court in New York. A California businessman who enlisted Avenatti to help his friend deal with two corrupt Nike executives testified Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that he reacted with shock and horror when he learned the attorney was threatening to go public with his information. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Avenatti decides not to testify at his Nike extortion trial

Feb. 10, 2020 1:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday he will not testify at his New York extortion trial after a judge ruled that allegations of lies and deceit involving past clients were "highly relevant" and he could be questioned about them if he took the stand. Avenatti stood as he...

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Polygamist says partner in fraud scheme offered protection

Feb. 6, 2020 9:32 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah polygamist who pleaded guilty for his role in a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme said Thursday that a California businessmen who helped carry out the plan offered protection from prosecution from law enforcement. Jacob Kingston said he and Lev Dermen had meals with...

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Polygamist testifies against former partner in fraud scheme

Feb. 5, 2020 7:57 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the height of a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme that U.S. prosecutors allege they carried out together over four years, a Utah polygamist and a California businessman posed for pictures together in front of luxury cars and multi-million dollar homes they bought with...

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Lawyer: Businessman was used by polygamists in fraud scheme

Jan. 30, 2020 8:08 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California businessman accused of leading a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme was actually being used by a Utah polygamist who didn't want to share the proceeds with his community, a defense attorney said Thursday. Polygamist Jacob Kingston previously pleaded guilty in the...

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Polygamy, fraud and luxury cars on tap in Utah trial

Jan. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Openings arguments are set this week in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019 file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike in New York. Avenatti stood to greet 120 prospective jurors who came to a New York courtroom Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 too fill out questionnaires for his trial on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. As they entered, jurors seemed largely unaware of Avenatti as his lawyers and others stood around him. But U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe told the potential jurors that they were being considered to decide a criminal case involving charges of extortion and honest services wire fraud against Avenatti. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Avenatti greets prospective jurors for extortion trial

Jan. 27, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — California lawyer Michael Avenatti stood to greet 120 prospective jurors who came to a New York courtroom Monday to fill out questionnaires for his trial on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. As they entered, jurors seemed largely unaware of Avenatti as his lawyers...

Judge denies Michael Avenatti's request to toss out charges

Jan. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With a trial approaching, a judge denied a request Monday from attorney Michael Avenatti to toss out charges alleging he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to muddy its name. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe said in a written ruling that the indictment adequately...