Unauthorized Practice of Law, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-22

Unauthorized Practice of Law, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-22, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, drunk driving, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThe Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office recently charged an elderly art dealer with Theft By Deception, Forgery, and Unauthorized Practice Of Law. Last December, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from a victim who hired the defendant to represent him in an estate settlement. Indeed, the victim claimed that he paid $15,500.00 in legal and professional fees for the estate work. Later, however, he learned of the defendant’s disbarment. Additionally, the investigation revealed the New Jersey Supreme Court had disbarred the defendant from the practice of law in 1998. The investigation further revealed that the defendant had deposited the monies from the victim into his personal bank account and used them for his own purposes. The defendant also forged the victim’s signature on multiple checks amounting to $21,500.00 for a total loss of $37,000.00. Read More

Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, N.J.S.A. 2c:28-3

Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, N.J.S.A. 2c:28-3, deceit, graft, hoax, misrepresentation, scam, artifice, cheat, chicanery, con, craft, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, fake, flimflam, fraud, fraudulence, guile, hocus-pocus, hustle, imposture, racket, shakedown, sham, skunk, smoke, spuriousness, sting, swindle, treachery, bamboozle, duping, hoodwink, swindle, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County, criminal defense, traffic ticket, juvenile, attorney, lawyerThe New Jersey Attorney General recently announced the conviction of a cop and his wife based on fraudulent fund applications. Accordingly, an Ocean County jury convicted the pair for stealing about $187,000 by filing false Superstorm Sandy relief fund applications. Indeed, the state’s case included testimony and evidence that the pair filed fraudulent applications for: FEMA assistance, a low-interest SBA disaster-relief loan, and state grants under the Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP), the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM), and the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Previously employed by the Hoboken Police Department, the jury convicted the cop and his his wife on charges of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree theft by deception, and six counts of fourth-degree unsworn falsification to authorities. Read More


Passing Bad Checks, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-5

Bad checks, money orders, electronic funds transfers, N.J.S.A. 2c:21-5, Passing Bad ChecksNew Jersey authorities charged an out of state pair for the alleged use of bad checks to buy three homes. Indeed, a Grand Jury indicted them on second degree conspiracy, theft by deception, and passing bad checks, per the Attorney General. The man and woman allegedly presented checks drawn on a closed bank account as well as one with insufficient funds. Additionally, the closed bank account was allegedly in the name of a fictitious law firm. Two homes were in Gloucester County — Greenwich Township and Monroe Township — and one home was in Camden County — Winslow Township. Although titles changed hands, in each case the fraud was uncovered so no deeds were recorded, per the Attorney General. Read more