FREEHOLD – A Middlesex County man has been criminally charged with repeatedly practicing law in Monmouth County without a license, Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Julia Alonso announced Thursday.
Allen Yusufov, 37, of Monroe Township is charged with four counts of third-degree Unauthorized Practice of Law and a single count of fourth-degree Uttering a Forged Instrument.
An investigation initiated in January by the MCPO Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit determined that Yusufov had provided legal services associated with four real-estate transactions taking place from August 2020 to September 2022, while working out of offices located on Gordons Corner Road in Manalapan and on Newman Springs Road in Middletown (though the latter location had a Red Bank mailing address).
The transactions involved properties on Randall Drive in Manalapan, Devon Place in Marlboro, McKinley Drive in Ocean Township, and Woodruff Place in Hillside (Union County). A check of records revealed that throughout the time Yusufov performed the legal services, he was never in possession of a legitimate New Jersey law license; yet he was in possession of a forged document with grammatical errors falsely indicating that he was in “good standing” to practice law. However, Yusufov is legitimately licensed to perform law in the State of New York.
Yusufov was arrested without incident yesterday and released on a complaint-summons pending future proceedings in Monmouth County Superior Court.
Anyone with information about Yusufov’s activities is urged to contact MCPO Detective Robert Afanasewicz toll-free at 1-800-533-7443. This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Lawrence Nelsen, Director of the MCPO Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendants have all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.