Lawyer convicted of fraud in con man's Maxim magazine ruse



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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer has been convicted of fraud for helping a convicted con man in a ruse to borrow millions of dollars in a failed bid to buy Maxim magazine.

A jury found attorney Harvey Newkirk guilty of one count of wire fraud but acquitted him on a conspiracy count and another wire fraud charge. The mixed verdict was reached Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

Prosecutors had accused Newkirk of helping Calvin Darden Jr. impersonate Darden's prominent father to convince two lenders to provide about $8 million. They said the two also were seeking another $20 million loan to buy Maxim before the scheme was foiled.

The defense had argued that Newkirk was duped by Darden. The elder Darden is a retired UPS Inc. executive.

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This story has been corrected to show that one of the counts Newkirk was acquitted of was identity theft, not wire fraud.

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