Friday, September 13, 2013

Man Claiming To Be Jacqueline and Christopher Laurita's Attorney Arrested For Unauthorized Practice of Law
A man who told police in April that he was an attorney for “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Jacqueline and Christopher Laurita will now be looking for his own legal representation.

Mark J. McGuire, 53, of Franklin Lakes was arrested last week and charged with a single count of unauthorized practice of law, authorities said.

McGuire spent more than 45 minutes with the Lauritas as they were interviewed by police in April, following their involvement in a fracas at the grand opening of a salon in Ridgewood.

McGuire was with the couple as they left Ridgewood Village Hall following their meeting with detectives.

All three entered a black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows and drove off.

A press release from the Ridgewood Police Department claims detectives, as they were concluding their investigation into the assault last week, discovered that McGuire had falsely represented himself as a lawyer.

McGuire was released on his own recognizance, Detective Chris McDowell wrote in the release. His first court appearance has not been scheduled yet, police said.

A man who identified himself on the telephone as McGuire’s father said Wednesday that he was unaware his son had been arrested.

A spokesman for Bravo, which airs “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” declined to comment Wednesday.

The Lauritas, who live in Franklin Lakes, and Joe Gorga of Montville — also a show regular — will stand before a Ridgewood Municipal Court judge on Sept. 26, each on individual assault and terroristic threat charges, according to court records.

Those counts were formally filed in late April.

Initially, the charges against the Lauritas and Gorga had been referred to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for grand jury consideration, but the matter was returned to Ridgewood for resolution in August. 

Also due in court on Sept. 26 is John Karagiorgis of Paramus, who faces charges of assault and making terroristic threats, in addition to three counts of harassment, court records show. 

Karagiorgis claimed he was assaulted by the “Housewives” trio. 

He said he suffered several injuries, including a head abrasion, when Jacqueline Laurita clubbed him with a stiletto heel. 
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