October 19, 2006

The Division of Professional Licensure's Boards of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons and Real Estate Appraisers recently issued enforcement actions against the following licensees.

Christopher Hajec of Worcester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Hajec, suspending his attorney broker license for 30 days. Hajec's license was suspended due to an inadequate check in payment of his client's deposit funds. The prospective buyers had instructed Hajec to cancel their purchases and return their deposit. The check was submitted for payment on February 25, 2005, and was returned for insufficient funds on March 10, 2005. Hajec also admitted his company has both buyers' and sellers' agents, and failed to disclose this to a client which is a violation.

Hasan M. Hussain of Westborough: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Hussain's right to renew his license as a real estate salesperson. Hussain pled guilty in federal court to charges of conspiracy and mail fraud, as well as two counts of witness tampering.

Dara Kong of Lowell: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Kong, suspending his broker license for 60 days. Kong failed to report his criminal conviction of threatening to commit a crime to the Board on both his application for licensure and renewal of the license.

Christopher M. Logan of Canton: The Board entered into a consent agreement, suspending both the brokers and salesperson license of Logan for a period of 14 days. Logan failed to obtain the requisite one-year work experience as a salesperson prior to becoming a broker.

Barry Teicholz of Boston: The Board issued a final decision and order, revoking Teicholz attorney broker license by default, effective August 14, 2006. Teicholz while practicing as an attorney in the Commonwealth converted client funds for his own use, falsified the accounting of such funds to the clients and failed to make the client's required loan repayments. On June 15, 2004 the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County entered a judgment disbarring him from the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This conduct demonstrates his lack of good moral character required for licensure as a broker.

Joshua J. Weingarten of Brookline: The Board entered a consent agreement with Weingarten, fining him $1,000 for not fully completing the one-year work experience requirement before becoming a real estate broker. Weingarten has subsequently finished the one-year work experience requirement and is licensed.

Mark D. Anderson of Worcester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Anderson and suspended his license for a period of 14 days. Anderson listed himself as a seller's agent to his client when he tried to sell her home, and then changed his listing to a buyer's agent when she needed to buy a new home, in an effort to maximum his profit.

William Ashmore of Boston: The Board issued a final decision and order, revoking Ashmore's real estate salesperson's license. The Board found that Ashmore served as an apartment rental agent and he represented himself as a real estate broker, though he was not licensed as a broker. Ashmore rented four apartments on behalf of the complainant but failed to provide rental leases for three of the four apartments. He also failed to remit $1600 of rental fees to the complainant.

Patrick Defreitas of Allston: The Board issued a final decision by default, to revoke the real estate broker's license of Defreitas, for failing to supervise the work of his employee (William Ashmore). The board also took disciplinary action given the conviction of Defreitas for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, which he failed to report to the board within 30 days.

The Board of Registration of Real Estate licenses approximately 83,294 real estate agents and brokers throughout the Commonwealth.

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.