June 6, 2007

The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers (" Board") announces recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

Philip G. Haddad, Jr. Worcester: The Board has ordered that Mr. Haddad, Jr. not be eligible to apply for five years for any funeral registration certificate or establishment certificate, effective March 14, 2007. Haddad's license had previously expired. At the expiration of the five-year period, Haddad must submit a new application and must take a new funeral board examination if he desires to obtain any new funeral license.

The Board concluded, after a hearing, that Haddad violated numerous provisions of Massachusetts Board regulations. The violations included sending a misleading and deceptive letter to customers, allowing an unlicensed person to transfer pre-need accounts from trust to insurance, and failing to maintain his pre-need contractions in compliance with Board regulations.

Raymond F. Zeoli, Bridgewater: The Board placed the license of Mr. Zeoli on probation for a period of six months. The Board has also fined Mr. Zeoli one thousand dollars and required him to successfully complete a continuing education course in professional ethics.

Mr. Zeoli admitted that he altered the Certified Copies of the death certificate for K.F. issued by the Town Clerk of Canton, Massachusetts. Mr. Zeoli further acknowledged that his conduct violated the Massachusetts General Laws at Chapter 112, Section 61.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website 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 30 boards of registration.