- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Boston attorney charged with swindling nearly $250,000 from clients, associates and even an intern-turned-girlfriend and using the money for a life of luxury has been held on $1 million bail.

Wassem Amin pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 26 charges including credit card application fraud, larceny, money laundering and forgery.

Prosecutors say he used the money for drugs, gambling, a Mercedes-Benz lease and an $11,000-per-month penthouse apartment.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Amin used a business partner’s identity to open several lines of credit without that person’s knowledge and embezzled nearly $50,000 from a client.

His attorney argued for lower bail, saying there is an immigration detainer on Amin, an Egypt native who overstayed a student visa. She says he’s not a flight risk because his passport expired.

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