Elizabeth Attorney Charged With Theft

ELIZABETH — A lawyer was charged with stealing more than $65,000 from his attorney trust account earlier today, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced. The trust account funds were from the proceeds of a house sale in Rahway that occurred in 2008.

Matthew Turlik, 45, of Elizabeth is charged with two counts of third degree theft, third degree forgery and third misapplication of entrusted property, officials said.


An investigation was launched in February after the son of the owner of the property contacted the prosecutor’s office stating that Turlik had failed to distribute the proceeds of the sale and the remaining assets of the estate, Romankow said.

Investigators found that Turlik forged signatures on trust account checks and then cashed them at his bank, Romankow said. If convicted on the charges Turlik faces disbarment and prison time, authorities said.

This remains an active investigation, and officials are asking anyone with information about the case to call the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office at 1-908-527-4500.

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