HOUSTON A former lawyer who is accused of stealing more than $9 million made his first court appearance Monday.

The judge denied bail for Anthony Chiofalo. He turned himself in last week after being on the run since June.

Prosecutors said Chiofalo and his wife set up a fake law firm, took the money and went on a spending spree.

Chiafolo s attorney said his client s wife is innocent and that Chiafolo is going to take responsibility for his actions.

Both are charged with felony theft.

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