For Immediate Release - March 04, 2005

State Board Disciplines Two Plumbers

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters recently issued disciplinary actions against two plumbers.

John J. Fruci of Buzzards Bay: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Fruci, issuing a six-month probation of his master plumber's license. Fruci allegedly failed to obtain gas and plumbing permits prior to beginning work in the Town of Dennis and failed to have the work inspected by plumbing and gas fitting inspectors. The Board also contends that Fruci advertised under the names "Fruci Enterprises" and "Fruci Plumbing and Heating," names not registered with the Board. Fruci will be eligible for full reinstatement on May 29, 2005.

James Moreis of Oak Bluffs: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Moreis' journeyman plumber's license. Moreis entered into an agreement to install a plumbing and heating system in exchange for a direct payment of $18,500.00. The Board contends that Moreis did not complete the work or timely refund the sum paid for the work.

The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters licenses approximately 25,400 plumbers and gas fitters throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, investigators inspected 1,150 plumbing and gas fitting establishments, checking 827 licenses.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg 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 an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.