For Immediate Release - January 08, 2013

Massachusetts Barbers Board Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Barbers today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Kevon Cargill, Cambridge, MA:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Cargill, resolving allegations that he was operating without a current shop license, and that he employed an unlicensed individual at his barber shop. The allegations stemmed from an inspection of his barber shop, Stylistic Barber Shop in Cambridge.  Under the terms of the consent agreement, Cargill was fined $500 and agreed to a two year probationary period of his license.

Isaac Genty, Cambridge, MA:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Genty, resolving allegations that he was operating his barber shop, Isaac's Barber Shop in Cambridge, without proper supervision. During an inspection of Issac's, investigators found that Genty was operating his shop without employing a Master Barber. Under the terms of the agreement, Genty agreed to pay a $100 fine.

Randy Icart, Dorchester, MA: The Board entered a Final Decision against Icart revoking his right to renew his license. During an inspection of The Shop in Dorchester, investigators assessed a $100 fine against Icart, after finding that he had failed to renew his Barber's apprentice license and was engaged in unlicensed practice. After Icart failed to pay the fine, the Board entered a Final Decision revoking his right to renew his license.

Steven Vega, Southbridge, MA:  In a Final Decision, the Board voted unanimously to order Vega to cease and desist the operation of Colons Barber Shop in Southbridge.  An inspection by the Board, found that Vega was not a licensed barber and was operating Colon's without a valid operator's license. The Board also assessed a $100 fine against Vega, who could face additional fines of up to $2,500 for the continued operation of the shop.

Barber professionals work closely with the public and are regulated by the Board of Registration of Barbers, which seeks to protect the health and safety of the public by maintaining high standards for the industry. Currently, there are 6,242 licensed barbers, shops, instructors and schools in Massachusetts. The Board also sets the curricula requirements and regulates the schools which train candidates for this occupation.

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 more than 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website 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.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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