On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, Chris C. Olewuenyi was reinstated to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of New Jersey after serving a two-year suspension stemming from criminal charges related to mortgage fraud.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Chris C. Olewuenyi,” with case no. 088850.

In 2005, Olewuenyi was temporarily suspended from practicing pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings against him. He later pled guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and in New Jersey Superior Court to one count of conspiracy to promote identity theft.

According to court documents, between April and December 2003 Olewuenyi submitted false documents as part of three real estate transactions, including misrepresenting sellers and buyers in property deeds. He also conspired with others to submit false statements to a bank to influence their lending decisions. Olewuenyi was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison in 2007 and three years in state prison, to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay over $130,000 in restitution.

In 2014, the Supreme Court of New Jersey suspended Olewuenyi for two years, retroactive to his 2005 suspension. The court noted the criminal conduct involved more than misleading financial documents and included identity theft. However, they determined a two-year suspension was appropriate given the level of Olewuenyi’s participation compared to other similar cases.

After serving his suspension, Olewuenyi applied for reinstatement. On January 9, 2024, the Supreme Court issued an order reinstating Olewuenyi’s license to practice law in New Jersey effective February 28, 2024. The order stipulates that within six months he must complete continuing legal education requirements for newly admitted attorneys.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that Chris C. Olewuenyi is hereby reinstated to the practice of law, effective February 28, 2024; and it is further ORDERED, that Chris C. Olewuenyi submit proof to the Office of Attorney Ethics by August 28, 2024, that respondent completed the Continuing Legal Education requirements for newly admitted attorneys.”

According to Linkedin, Mr. Olewuenyi is a counselor at Credit Counselors, LLC. He attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, graduating in 1998.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.