For Immediate Release - October 23, 2012

Massachusetts Board Of State Examiners Of Plumbers And Gas Fitters Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters ("Board") announced today disciplinary action against the following 10 individuals:

  • Jeffrey Bernard, Auburn, MA: The Board and Bernard entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Bernard failed to obtain a permit prior to performing plumbing work in Worcester and that Bernard failed to obtain a plumbing inspection upon completion of plumbing work. Bernard agreed to pay a $200 fine.
  • Bruce E. Gustafson, Worcester, MA: The Board and Gustafson entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations that Gustafson failed to obtain a permit prior to performing plumbing work in Northborough and that Gustafson failed to obtain a plumbing inspection upon completion of plumbing work. Gustafson agreed to pay a $200 fine.
  • Ronald D. Ferreira, Sr., Randolph, MA: By Final Decision and Order, the Board has placed Ferreira's licenses to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession on probation for a one year period. Ferreira's probationary period is subject to the completion of continuing education for plumbing and gas fitting inspectors for the period of time during which he was an inspector and payment of a $100 fine. The Board found that Ferreira, who was appointed as an alternate plumbing and gas inspector in the Town of Randolph, failed to complete Board required continuing education for plumbing and gas inspectors during the licensing cycle in which he was appointed as an inspector.
  • Peter Riva, Marshfield, MA: The Board and Riva entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Riva failed to report a criminal conviction to the Board. Riva paid a $300 fine. The agreement resolved allegations Riva failed to report a criminal conviction to the Board.
  • John Nickerson, Quincy, MA: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Nickerson's license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the right to renew any lapsed licenses. The Board found that Nickerson failed to respond to the Board's requests for proof of completion of the Board required continuing education and failed to provide proof of completion of continuing education.
  • Victor Tejeda, East Boston, MA: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Tejeda's license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the right to renew any lapsed licenses. The Board found that Mr. Tejeda engaged in plumbing and gas fitting work and advertising from 2005 to 2009 without the requisite license.
  • Scott Anderson, Saugus, MA: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board has imposed a $1,000 fine upon Anderson for practicing unlicensed. The Board found that Anderson had never been issued a license to practice as a plumber in Massachusetts but was employed by and/or acting on behalf of CTF Plumbing & Drain and/or C.T.F. Plumbing & Heating.
  • Lawrence J. Bezemes, Peabody, MA: The Board and Bezemes entered into a consent agreement whereby Bezemes paid a $100 fine and had his plumbing license placed on probation for 1 year. This agreement resolved allegations that Bezemes failed to complete Board required continuing education.
  • John H. Farrell, III, Westford, MA: The Board and Farrell entered into a consent agreement resolving allegations Farrell failed to obtain a permit prior to performing plumbing work in Lowell and Burlington. Farrell agreed to pay a $200 fine.
  • John Tucci, Weymouth, MA: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board has revoked Mr. Tucci's license to practice in the plumbing and gas fitting profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board found that Mr. Tucci was hired to perform plumbing work in Brockton including plumbing installations and remodeling. The Board found that he was paid a total of $3,000 and that he failed to perform any plumbing services.

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 http://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. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

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