BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut lawyer fled to New Jersey after stealing nearly $10,000 from a client.

Bridgeport police say the 61-year-old lawyer was arraigned on Wednesday and charged with second-degree larceny. The Connecticut Post reports the case has been continued to Oct. 31, and the suspect was ordered held.

According to court documents, a local man hired the lawyer to handle bankruptcy proceedings in 2016. The lawyer then asked the man to write him a check for $9,614 to pay off bankruptcy debts. Documents say the lawyer then used the money for his own purposes.

Investigators later learned the suspect left the area and was living in New Jersey, where he was found.

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