June 3, 2009

The State Board of Public Accountants announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees:

  • John Brozowski, Concord

The Board has placed the license of John Brozowski on probation for a period of three years. Brozowski misappropriated approximately $60,000 from Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey, Incorporated. The licensee provided full restitution with interest to this organization. The Board has also required Brozowski to attend psychiatric counseling and to arrange for the submission to the Board of written reports from his counselor every six months during the probation period.

  • Frederick Atherton, III, Lynnfield

The Board has issued a final decision and order by default revoking the certified public accountancy license of Frederick Atherton, III. On or about June 30, 2001, Atherton's license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts expired. The licensee continued to advertise his services as a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including, but not limited to, in the Yellow Pages.

The complainant in this matter provided the licensee with information to enable him to file her 2006 tax return. Respondent failed to respond to the complainant's inquiries about the status of this return.

This complainant had hired licensee to prepare her 2005 tax return. Atherton never filed said tax return. The licensee also failed to return the complainant's financial information for the years 2005 and 2006 for several months following her first inquiry.

A Board investigator notified Atherton in writing of the instant complaint and requested that he provide a response on the following occasions: June 21, 2007, July 16, 2007, Dec. 11, 2007, and June 10, 2008. To date, Atherton has failed to respond to the Board's request. On or about Aug. 28, 2008, the Board informed the licensee in writing that it required his appearance at the Sept. 18, 2008 meeting. The licensee failed to appear at said meeting or to otherwise respond to the Board's letter.

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 31 boards of registration.