Massachusetts Board of Registration in Embalming and Funeral Directing Announces Enforcement Action
BOSTON - November 14, 2011 - The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers announced today disciplinary action against the following licensee:
Karol Drozdal, Northampton
The Board has accepted the voluntary surrender of Drozdal's license to practice as a funeral director and embalmer. This surrender renders the establishment certificate issued by the Board to the Drozdal Funeral Home, located in Northampton, null and void. Drozdal no longer owns the Drozdal Funeral Home located in South Deerfield.
The Board summarily suspended Drozdal's individual license and establishment certificates on July 5, 2011. In addition, the Board required Drozdal to replace all pre-need consumer funds that had not been properly deposited. These funds were obtained through the initiation of pre-need funeral contracts with 14 consumers and totaled more than $70,000.
Drozdal has admitted to holding at least four funerals at the Drozdal Funeral Home in South Deerfield without a valid occupancy permit from the town. Furthermore, the licensee held at least six funerals at his Northampton funeral home without a valid individual funeral director's license issued by that municipality. Drozdal held at least two funerals at the Northampton location after receipt of a cease-and-desist order from the City of Northampton Board of Health.
Drozdal took responsibility for the alteration of information contained within burial permit No. 21-11, issued by the Town of Hadley, for a cremation. The licensee also took responsibility for forging the name of the City of Northampton Town Clerk to this burial permit.
The Licensee also admitted to failing to place funds acquired through the initiation of approximately 12 pre-need funeral contracts between consumers and the South Deerfield or Northampton locations of the Drozdal Funeral Homes with an entity in conformance with Board regulations. Drozdal replaced these funds prior to the Board's enforcement action. In addition, Drozdal admitted to failing to bring all pre-need funeral contracts established prior to Jan. 1, 2004, into compliance with the record-keeping requirements established by the Board. Drozdal also admitted to failing to place pre-need funeral contract funds established with fourteen consumers with the Cooperative Funeral Fund, Incorporated as stated in the contract.
Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "Check a Professional's License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.
The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.