For Immediate Release - July 26, 2006

DPL Initiates Court Actions to Combat Unlicensed Practice

DPL Initiates Court Actions to Combat Unlicensed Practice

As part of an ongoing effort to crack down on unlicensed practitioners across Massachusetts, the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) initiated the following court actions against individuals who have falsely represented their status as fully licensed professionals.

"The robust enforcement of professional licensing requirements protects consumers and helps the entire community of properly licensed professionals," said George K. Weber, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure. "Where cases of non-compliance are suspected, we will investigate and prosecute to the full extent of the law."

The following is a list of recent actions:

Randall Troupe, Windham New Hampshire, Drinking Water Operator: On June 7, 2006 Mr. Troupe pled guilty to six counts in Ayer District Court of working as a Drinking Water Operator without as license. Mr. Troupe had previously surrendered his license on April 1, 2005 to the Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Facilities, but continued to work. He surrendered his license to resolve allegations that he failed to properly operate the system, failed to properly collect and document samples, and falsified records while employed as a drinking water operator in Pepperell in 2001 and 2002. Mr. Troupe received an 18 month suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 24 months. Mr. Troupe must also pay a fine of $10,000. Other stipulations of the sentencing include: permanently barred from practicing or reapplying for drinking water operator license in Massachusetts, as a condition of his probation he not allowed to practice as a drinking water operator anywhere in the United States.

Michael Cardin, Lakeville, Plumbing: On June 12, 2006, Wareham District Court issued a criminal complaint against Mr. Cardin for performing plumbing work without a license. Mr. Cardin provided plumbing service to a consumer in Middleborough. The town inspector found multiple code violations in the work performed. It was then discovered that Mr. Cardin has never been licensed by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters.

Harlan B. Dunn II, Mendon, Certified Public Accountant: On June 19, 2006 the Worcester District and Milford District courts issued a criminal complaint against Mr. Dunn for representing himself as Certified Public Accountant without a license. The Board of Public Accountancy alleged that Mr. Dunn misrepresented himself as a Certified Public Accountant in an affidavit filed in Federal Bankruptcy Court in Worcester in 2002. It is also alleged in Milford that Mr. Dunn, based on three counts, prepared and signed tax returns using the designation "CPA."

George Sarro, Byfield, Electrician: On June 28, 2006 Lynn District Court issued a criminal complaint against Mr. Sarro for performing electrical work without a license, failure to file a permit and for larceny by false pretenses. A consumer in Lynn hired Mr. Sarro to update some electrical work at their residence. Mr. Sarro was paid $8,496 for this work but failed to complete the job. A DPL investigator conducted an inspection of the work and discovered multiple violations.

David Jameson, Holbrook, Electrician: One June 28, 2006 Mr. Jameson pled guilty to the charge of larceny. He received a one year suspended sentence subject to him making restitution of $1,200 to the homeowner, $600 within 90 days and the additional $600 with in six months. The Board of State Examiners of Electricians aided the District Attorney's Office by substantiating several complaints against Mr. Jameson for installing security systems without a license.

Lawrence W. Leonard, Plymouth, Radio and Television Technician: On June 29, 2006 Wareham District Court issued a criminal complaint against Mr. Leonard for performing television technician work without a license. In December 2004 Mr. Leonard was hired to repair a television. The consumer complained that within one hour of Mr. Leonard's repair the television began to malfunction again. Mr. Leonard is not licensed by the Board of Registration of Radio and Television Technicians.

Stanley Golenia, Attleboro, Certified Public Accountant: On June 29, 2006 the Attleboro District Court issued a criminal complaint against Mr. Golenia for misrepresenting himself as a Certified Public Accountant. The Board of Registration of Certified Public Accountants alleges that Mr. Golenia prepared financial statements for a company in preparation for their bid on a public construction project. As a requirement of all public construction projects a financial statement must be prepared by a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Golenia has never been licensed by the Board.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://www.mass.gov/dpl and select the check a license option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with 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 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.