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Attorney Charged in|Maxim Magazine Case

MANHATTAN (CN) - Federal prosecutions in an alleged fraud involving Maxim Magazine expanded this week as prosecutors accused New York attorney Harvey Newkirk of enabling the scheme.

The case appears to be related to that of Calvin Darden Jr., who pleaded guilty late last year to impersonating his father to trick lenders into financing more than $8 million on a supposed acquisition of Maxim .

While the complaint against Newkirk does not mention Darden or Maxim, the allegations in the two cases match.

Darden's father, a former United Parcel Service executive, acquired Maxim in September 2013.

The younger Darden acknowledged trying to pass himself off as his namesake by forging his father's signature and assuming his identity in phone calls, emails and text messages to lenders and others.

Newkirk, a former attorney for the Brian Cave's Manhattan office, is accused of helping him mislead three investors in California, New Jersey and New York about the availability of collateral for a $3 million investment.

He is charged with wire fraud, conspiracy and identity theft.

Each count carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

His counsel Priya Chaudry defended his name in a statement.

"Mr. Newkirk is a brilliant and well-respected attorney with an unblemished reputation," she wrote in an email. "He has done nothing wrong and we look forward to challenging the government's overreaching and baseless allegations."

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