A New York lawyer has been charged with conspiring to help a convicted con man in a ruse to borrow millions of dollars in a failed bid to buy Maxim magazine.

Attorney Harvey Newkirk was freed on $500,000 bail after appearing Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

Newkirk is charged with wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He's accused of helping Calvin Darden Jr. use his successful father's name to convince two lenders to provide a total of $8 million. Prosecutors say the pair tried to convince a third investor to contribute $20 million.

Darden pleaded guilty in November. His father is a retired UPS Inc. executive who sits on the boards of several major companies.

Newkirk's lawyer says he did nothing wrong.