TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of CRAIG C. SWENSON (DOB: 05/29/1963; single; and self-employed as an attorney) of 101 East Oak Street, Oakland, New Jersey on Misapplication of Entrusted Funds and Forgery related charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In July 2017, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint from clients of CRAIG C. SWENSON, Esq. regarding his failure to disburse to them, monies he had reported receiving as the result of a court-ordered judgment. Subsequent investigation revealed that SWENSON had provided the clients with a forged judgment, which was purported to have been issued by a Bergen County Superior Court Judge. In reality, no such judgment had been issued. The investigation further revealed that SWENSON used approximately $14,500 in entrusted funds, which were to be held in his attorney’s trust account for a separate matter, to make a fraudulent payment to the clients to whom had provided the forged judgment, all in furtherance of his deception.
As a result of the investigation, CRAIG SWENSON was arrested on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Paramus, New Jersey, and was charged with one count of Misapplication of Entrusted Funds, with a benefit greater than $1,000, but less than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-15, a 3rd degree crime; and one count of Forgery by Uttering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1A(3), a 3rd degree crime. Mr. SWENSON was served with a Complaint-Summons for the aforementioned charges and released. SWENSON is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.