- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City lawyer accused of cheating 30 immigrant clients has been acquitted of all criminal charges.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Owolabi Salis was acquitted after a jury trial in state Supreme Court last week.

He had been tried on grand larceny and other charges.

Salis was arrested in July 2014. Prosecutors had alleged he stole more than $4,500 apiece from 30 clients by telling them they would qualify for green cards when they didn’t.

In an email to The Associated Press, Salis said he is a zealous attorney known for helping the underprivileged.

He says he took the stand in his own defense and “painstakingly” fought the charges.

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