February 24, 2010

BOSTON - The State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers today announced disciplinary action against the following licensees:

Phillip Short, Marlborough - The Board has suspended Short's license for one year, followed by a two-year probationary period. Short also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. He faced allegations that he forged the name of a medical examiner on a death certificate. Short must also successfully complete a continuing education course in professional ethics.

Robert McNamara, Norwell - The Board has suspended McNamara's license for one year, followed by a two-year probationary period. McNamara also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine. He faced allegations that he forged the name of a medical examiner on a death certificate. McNamara must also successfully complete a continuing education course in professional ethics.

Thomas Hebert Jr., Southbridge - The Board and Hebert have entered into a voluntary surrender agreement under which Hebert voluntarily surrendered his licenses to practice as an embalmer and funeral director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hebert admitted that his embalmer's license had been expired for more than one year.

David N. Plourde, Dracut - By default, the Board has revoked Plourde's licenses to practice as a funeral director and embalmer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board alleged that Plourde's embalmer's license had been expired for more than one year while his funeral director's license remained current.

Francis Doran, Marshfield - The Board and Doran have entered into a voluntary surrender agreement under which Doran voluntarily surrendered his licenses to practice as an embalmer and funeral director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Doran admitted that his embalmer's license had been expired for more than one year.

David Sullivan, Brighton - The Board and Sullivan have entered into a consent agreement under which Sullivan's licenses to practice as an embalmer and funeral director were fined $1,000. Sullivan also complied with Board statutes to reinstate his embalmer's license, which had been expired for more than one year.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://license.reg.state.ma.us/loca/locaprof.asp 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 Patrick-Murray Administration's 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 32 boards of registration.