For Immediate Release - July 05, 2012

Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON – July 5, 2012 – The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters today announced enforcement action against the following individuals:

Carl J. Martin, New Bedford

Martin entered into a consent agreement with the Board and agreed to serve a six-month period of probation and pay a fine of $300 in resolution of allegations his company, Platinum Home Services, Inc., employed an unlicensed individual to install a gas furnace without a permit, which was made operational without an inspection.

Joseph Piccolo, Foxboro

Piccolo entered into a consent agreement with the Board and agreed to one-year probation, continuing education including sitting for the master plumber examination and a $100 fine. This agreement resolves allegations Piccolo failed to complete Board-required continuing education.

James Stewart, Malden

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Stewart’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts. The Board found Stewart failed to complete Board-required continuing education.

William P. Clinton, Waltham

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Clinton’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board found Clinton failed to complete Board-required continuing education.

Carl H. Jonasson, New Bedford

Jonasson entered into a consent agreement with the Board and agreed to pay a fine of $200 in resolution of allegations Jonasson’s company, C.H. Jonasson Corporation, performed plumbing work without a permit and without an inspection.

Donald F. Frenette, Lakeville

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Frenette’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting professions in Massachusetts. The Board found Frenette failed to complete Board-required continuing education.

Joseph M. Crawford, Readville

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Crawford’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting professions in Massachusetts. The Board found Crawford failed to complete Board-required continuing education.

John Caires, Hudson

Caires entered into a consent agreement with the Board and agreed to pay a fine of $100 in resolution of allegations Caires performed unlicensed plumbing work.

Brian P. Racette, East Longmeadow

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Racette’s license to practice as a plumber in Massachusetts, including any right to renew his license. The Board found Racette engaged in unlicensed practice by performing plumbing work with an expired apprentice plumbing license.

Richard M. Kane, Edgartown and West Tisbury

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Kane’s licenses to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting professions in Massachusetts, including any right to renew his licenses. The Board found Kane failed to complete Board-required continuing education for licensing.

John K. Lane, Norwood

The Board imposed a $100 fine on Lane’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts. The Board and Lane entered into an agreement resolving allegations Lane failed to obtain a plumbing permit prior to the commencement of plumbing work.

Edward D. Maxwell, Nantucket

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Maxwell’s license to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts. The Board found Maxwell failed to respond to the Board’s requests for proof of completion of Board-required continuing education for the May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, licensing cycle. Maxwell failed to provide proof of completion of continuing education for said licensing cycle though he attested under the pains and penalties of perjury in his renewal application that he had completed his continuing education requirements.

 

Gary E. Yates, Siasconset

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Yates’ licenses to practice in the gas fitting profession in Massachusetts. The Board found Yates failed to respond to the Board’s requests for proof of completion of Board-required continuing education for the May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, licensing cycle. Yates failed to provide proof of completion of continuing education for said licensing cycle though he attested under the pains and penalties of perjury in his renewal application that he had completed his continuing education requirements.

George Torigian, Pepperell

By Final decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Torigian’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts, including the right to renew any lapsed licenses. The Board found Torigian failed to respond to the Board’s requests for proof of completion of Board-required continuing education for the May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, licensing cycle. Torigian failed to provide proof of completion of continuing education for said licensing cycle though he attested under the pains and penalties of perjury in his renewal application that he had completed his continuing education requirements.

Eric Gould, North Attleboro

The Board imposed a $100 fine and one-year probation on Gould’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting professions in Massachusetts. Gould must also retake the licensing exam for his highest license. The Board and Gould entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Gould failed to complete Board-required continuing education for the licensing period May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

Thomas P. Fahey, Foxboro

The Board imposed a $100 fine on Fahey’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession in Massachusetts. The Board and Fahey entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Fahey failed to complete Board-required continuing education for the licensing period May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

Richard M. Sargent, Worcester

The Board imposed a $100 fine and one-year probation on Sargent’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts. Sargent also agreed to submit documentation that he had completed his continuing education hours and retake the examination for his masters’ license. The Board and Sargent entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Sargent failed to complete Board-required continuing education for the licensing period May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

Kyle Silvio, Clinton

The Board imposed a $100 fine and one-year probation on Silvio’s license to practice in the plumbing profession. Silvio also agreed to submit documentation that he had completed his continuing education hours and retake the examination for his journeyman’s license. The Board and Silvio entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Silvio failed to complete Board-required continuing education for the licensing period May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

Paul V. Atkinson, Dalton

The Board and Atkinson have entered into a consent agreement under which Atkinson voluntarily surrendered his license to practice as a journeyman gas fitter and his right to renew his license for a minimum period of 10 years. The consent agreement resolved allegations Atkinson failed to complete Board-required continuing education for the licensing period May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010.

Jeffrey Bettger, Swampscott

The Board imposed a $100 fine on Bettger’s licenses to practice in the plumbing profession. The Board and Bettger entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Bettger failed to obtain a permit prior to the commencement of plumbing work.

Brian C. Resendes, New Bedford

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Resendes’ license to practice in the plumbing profession in Massachusetts. The Board found Resendes failed to properly install and provide certification to install piping. The Board also found Resendes abandoned a job after inspection.

Ronald V. Patient, Leicester

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Patient’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession in Massachusetts. The Board found Patient failed to obtain a permit prior to the commencement of plumbing work and failed to have plumbing work inspected.

Abel L. Vasquez, Methuen

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board imposed a $1,000 fine on Vasquez. The Board found Vasquez engaged in unlicensed practice.

Paul Scola, Gloucester

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Scola’s license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting professions in Massachusetts. The Board found Scola failed to obtain permits prior to the commencement of plumbing work.

The Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters holds examinations and issues licenses for journeyman and master plumbers, journeyman and master gas fitters. It registers apprentice plumbers and gas fitters and issues corporate and partnership certificates. The Board currently licenses a total of approximately 26,753 individuals and businesses in the plumbing and gas fitting profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business 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 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.