March 14, 2006
The Division of Professional Licensure and The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters ("Board") recently issued disciplinary action against seven Massachusetts plumbers.
- Mark J. Anderson of Weymouth: The Board issued a Final Decision and Order by Default, revoking Anderson's plumbing license effective on November 30, 2005. In August 2003, Anderson failed to obtain a gas permit before installing a hot air furnace. He also failed to request an inspection from the Inspector of Gas Fitting before turning on the gas to the piping system.
- Brian T. Barbosa of Plymouth: In a recent consent agreement, the Board placed Barbosa's plumbing license on probation for one year effective December 5, 2005. Barbosa admitted that he engaged in plumbing work without having renewed his expired license.
- Jason T. Lopes of New Bedford: The Board issued a Final Decision and Order by Default, revoking Lopes' plumbing license effective November 30, 2005. Lopes is alleged to have employed several unlicensed individuals to perform plumbing work for his company, "J.J.'s Plumbing and Heating." The Board contended that Lopes also failed to obtain a plumbing permit prior to commencing work or a required inspection after completing work. The Board found his work contained multiple violations of state plumbing and gas code and that Lopes neither corrected the problems nor reimbursed the customer. At another site in New Bedford, Lopes failed to finish work he had already been paid for. In December 2004, the New Bedford District Court ordered Lopes to pay $1,978.92 in restitution to that customer by January 14, 2005, but he failed to do so.
- Ted R. Lorenzetti of Weymouth: The Board issued a Final Decision and Order by Default, revoking Lorenzetti's plumbing license effective November 30, 2005. Lorenzetti failed to obtain an inspection from the Inspector of Gas Fitting.
- Jay Oster of Woburn: The Board issued a Final Decision and Order by Default, revoking Oster's plumbing license effective November 30, 2005. Oster entered into an agreement for work in Wellesley and accepted a deposit of $6,000 from a customer. He failed to obtain a plumbing permit from the town and failed to complete the work. He agreed to refund $4,600 to the customer but failed to do so. Oster also accepted a $1,000 deposit for work in Wakefield, but failed to perform any work. He also failed to return $1,000 to a customer after not completing another job.
- Chris S. Patrick of West Springfield: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Patrick, suspending his plumbing license for three months effective September 2, 2005. Patrick admitted that he received $2,100.00 to begin the installation of a furnace. He failed to obtain a plumbing permit, failed to commence the furnace installation and failed to provide his customer with a refund.
- Michael Tower of Scituate: The Board issued a Final Decision and Order by Default, revoking Towers's plumbing license effective January 5, 2006. Tower allegedly conducted plumbing work while using the business name "AccuDrain," but did not hold a master plumber's license. He allegedly hired several unlicensed individuals to perform plumbing work for customers. The Board also found that Tower failed to obtain plumbing permits for work in Cohasset in October 2003 and Scituate in September 2004.
The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters licenses approximately 27,800 plumbers and gas fitters throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2005, the Board received 131 complaints and resolved 109 complaints, entering into six consent agreements, revoking two licenses, issuing 18 suspensions and placing six licenses on probation.
Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at 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 ("DPL") 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.