For Immediate Release - December 29, 2004

Mattapan Funeral Home Operator Surrenders License

Mattapan Funeral Home Operator Surrenders License

Jesse L. Corbin of Mattapan has voluntarily surrendered the funeral home license for the Jesse L. Corbin Funeral Home at 654 Cummins Highway, Mattapan to the Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors ("Board").

Corbin's funeral director's license was suspended for three years in September 2003. During the suspension, Corbin contracted for and performed funeral services by using the services of another licensed funeral director who did not hold the required minimum of ten percent financial interest in the Jesse L. Corbin Funeral Home, a violation of Board regulations. Under the voluntary surrender agreement, Corbin may not apply for reinstatement of the funeral home license until the Board reinstates his funeral director's license.

The Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors licenses over 2,600 embalmers and funeral directors throughout the Commonwealth. During fiscal year 2004, investigators inspected 314 funeral service establishments, verifying more than 400 licenses. The Board received 201 new complaints and resolved 179 complaints, resulting in two consent agreements, 70 license suspensions, three license revocations and the placing of one license on probation.

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.