Essex County assistant register of deeds and mortgages enters guilty plea

Sharon Doers

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced June 4 that Sharon A. Doers, Essex County assistant register of deeds and mortgages, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare to practicing law without a license.

Doers, 68, of Montclair, admitted to charging members of the public $295 to prepare legal documents needed for the transfer of deeds and related work. She admitted to beginning to engage in the illegal practice of law in September 2016 and continuing to November 2017, according to Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter Dirkin, who handled the case.

“While most public servants use their jobs as an opportunity to help others, the defendant used the opportunity presented by those in need to help to enrich herself,” Dirkin said.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Doers is expected to receive a probationary sentence and she will be barred from any future public employment in the state of New Jersey. Sentencing is scheduled for July 10.

Laurino credited Inspector Gen. Dominic Scaglione’s office with initiating the investigation.