A Jersey City man was arrested at his home by the Financial Crimes Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office for practicing law without a license out of an office in Paterson, Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Antwan Bolden, also known as Yusef Hassan, 47, of Jersey City, was charged with two counts of third degree unauthorized practice of law last week, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
Bolden is accused of maintaining an office at 245 Broadway in Paterson from 2011 to 2013 and representing himself to the public as a licensed attorney, officials said.
In one incident, Bolden acted as an attorney for an insurance company and attempted to negotiate a settlement of a personal injury claim, authorities said.
In a second incident, Bolden was allegedly hired as an attorney for a banking institution and attempted to prevent a mortgage foreclosure.
Bolden has never been licensed to practice law in New Jersey and the investigation remains ongoing and active, officials said.
A third degree offense can come with a maximum sentence of three to five years in prison.