July 6, 2007

The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters (" Board") today announced recent disciplinary actions against its licensees. The following individuals were disciplined:

Stephen A. Ruocchio, Medford: The Board revoked Mr. Ruocchio's license because he failed to answer the Board's allegations that he submitted an application for a permit for plumbing work in which he loaned his license to an apprentice. His license was revoked per order of default.

Vito Panzini, Saugus: The Board revoked the license of Mr. Panzini by default. He failed to answer allegations that he obtained a plumbing corporation with only an apprentice plumbing license, and that he took money for plumbing work but failed to perform and/or reimburse the consumer.

Justin R. Thompson, Lynn: The Board revoked Mr. Thompson's license by default because he failed to answer the Board's allegations against him. The Board alleged he performed plumbing work without obtaining necessary permits and inspections, and also failed to complete the plumbing work.

Jody Schmidt, Shrewsbury: The Board revoked the license of Ms. Schmidt per order of default. The Board alleged Schmidt performed plumbing work without the requisite permits and inspections, and improperly performed work without reimbursing the consumer.

Joseph Delgrosso, Roslindale: The Board revoked Mr. Delgrosso's license by default. The Board alleged that he performed plumbing work after his license had expired and failed to cooperate with the Board during its investigations.

Robert Sigmon, Everett: Robert Sigmon has voluntarily surrendered his license to the Board. Mr. Sigmon had performed plumbing work without the requisite permits and inspections, performed work that did not abide by the plumbing code, operated a business known as G & R plumbing without the requisite license, and performed work without the supervision of a journeyman or master plumber.

Melvin Wade, Dorchester: The Board has fined and placed Melvin Wade on probation for a period of two years effective June 15, 2007. In an agreement with the Board, Mr. Wade acknowledged that he engaged in a plumbing job without the required permits, failed to complete the job, that an unlicensed individual performed plumbing at that job, and that he failed to cooperate with the Board's investigation of these problems.

Steven Meagher, Shrewsbury: The Board revoked Mr. Meagher's license by default. The Board alleged he performed plumbing work without requisite inspections. This work was further alleged to have violated numerous provisions of the state plumbing code which Meagher failed to correct.

Darrel White, Provincetown: The Board has suspended the license of Mr. White for registering a corporation known as "PHD Inc." He had been using the name PHD on his plumbing letterhead but never received a certificate of Plumbing Corporation from the Board. The suspension began on January 18, 2006 and will be in effect for two years.

James Sokol, Dudley: The Board revoked Mr. Sokol's license for failing to answer the Board's allegations. The Board alleged Sokol failed to obtain a permit from the Inspector of Plumbing in Worcester before completing a job and failed to arrange an inspection of his plumbing work.

M&X Utility Corporation, Dorchester: M&X Utility Corporation entered into an agreement on June 5, 2007 which required a fine of $2000 to be paid to the Board. In the agreement with the Board, M&X admitted that unlicensed individuals acting on its behalf performed plumbing at Bentley College in June 2005. To resolve this matter, M&X agreed to pay the $2000 fine and agreed it would not perform plumbing or gas-fitting work without first obtaining a license from the Board.

Walter Fagnant Jr., Sandwich: The Board announced that Walter Fagnant, Jr. has agreed to a stayed suspension effective May 8, 2007. He admitted to the Board that he had taken money from a consumer for a job he never began and took three years to provide a refund to the customer. To resolve the matter, Mr. Fagnant agreed to a stayed suspension served as probation for one year and to pay a $100 fine.

Joseph Pilla, Hampstead, NH: The Board has placed the license of Mr. Pilla on probation for one year effective March 23, 2007. Pilla admitted that he performed plumbing work in Massachusetts without obtaining the required permits and inspections. He was also fined $200.

Eugenijus R. Jaminis, Sagamore Beach: The Board has placed the license of Mr. Jaminis on probation for one year. He admitted to the Board that he had performed plumbing work without obtaining the necessary permits and inspections.

Thomas Coughlin, Weymouth: The board has suspended the license of Mr. Coughlin for one year effective April 6, 2007. Mr. Coughlin began a job without obtaining a permit or inspection, and then failed to complete the said plumbing job.

Clifford Giles, Wakefield: Mr. Giles' license was suspended for three months beginning April 26, 2007 for failing to construct a venting system. Upon serving the three month suspension, his license will be placed on probation for nine months and he will be charged a $300 fine.

Kerry Jackson, Dorchester: The Board revoked Mr. Jackson's license by default. The Board alleged that he operated a plumbing business on his own with only an apprentice license and performed plumbing work without obtaining the required permits.

Ronald Lewis, Framingham: The Board has fined the license of Mr. Lewis for performing plumbing work without a proper inspection. Lewis has agreed to pay a fine in the amount of $300.

Arthur Shaughnessey, Framingham: The Board has fined Mr. Shaughnessey $200 for performing plumbing work without obtaining a permit and an appropriate inspection.

Brian Zawatsky, Belmont: Mr. Zawatsky has agreed to pay the Board a fine of $200. He was fined after admitting to performing plumbing work without the necessary permits and inspections.

Christopher Mara, Worcester: The Board revoked Mr. Mara's license because he failed to answer the Board's allegations. The Board alleged that he submitted an application for a permit for plumbing work in which he loaned his license to an apprentice.

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.