For Immediate Release - April 11, 2013

Massachusetts Real Estate Appraisers Board Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON – The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Bernadette Barnes-Macaplinac, Weymouth

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Barnes-Macaplinac, resolving allegations that she committed errors and omissions during an appraisal in Hyannis. Barnes-Macaplinac agreed to have her license to practice as a real estate appraiser placed on probation for nine months, pay a $1,000 fine and take additional continuing education classes.

Barry Conners, Lowell

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Conners, resolving allegations that he failed to disclose a criminal conviction on his license application. Conners agreed to a formal reprimand of his license to practice as a real estate appraiser trainee and pay a $250 fine.

Shah J. Chowdhury, Hartford, CT

The Board entered a final decision and order against Chowdhury, finding that he falsely attested on his renewal application that he had completed required continuing education hours. The Board placed Chowdhury’s appraiser license on probation for six months, ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and complete a national course in appraisal standards with examination.

David Creen, Worcester

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Creen, resolving allegations that he performed an appraisal in Wareham that failed to conform to applicable standards and Board regulations. Creen agreed to pay a $250 fine and complete a national course in appraisal standards, as well as 28 hours of additional continuing education and have his appraiser’s license placed on probation for six months.

Mark A. Dockray, North Andover

The Board entered into an agreement with Dockray, resolving allegations he committed errors while conducting two appraisals, and failed to discover and correct the errors made by a real estate appraiser trainee in two additional appraisals. Dockray agreed to a formal reprimand of his license to practice as a real estate appraiser, pay a $250 fine and take additional continuing education classes.

Vanessa Fink, Edgartown

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Fink, resolving allegations that she failed to complete continuing education classes required for the renewal of her license and failed to respond to the Board when audited. Fink agreed to have her real estate appraiser trainee license placed on probation for nine months, pay a $1,000 fine and take additional continuing education classes.

Robert F. Fitzgerald, Mansfield

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Fitzgerald, resolving allegations that he engaged in conduct that could warrant disciplinary action under the Board’s statutes. Fitzgerald agreed to a three-month probation of his appraisal license, to pay a $1,000 fine and to complete a national course in appraisal standards, as well as 28 hours of additional continuing education.

Diane Kozlowski, Dracut

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Kozlowski, resolving allegations that she performed an appraisal which failed to conform to applicable standards and Board regulations. Kozlowski agreed to a three-month probation of her appraisal license, to pay a $250 fine and to complete a national course in appraisal standards, as well as 30 hours of additional continuing education.

James K. Saben, South Yarmouth

The Board entered a final decision and order against Saben, finding that he committed errors while conducting an appraisal in South Yarmouth. Saben had a reprimand placed on his license to practice as a real estate appraiser, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and take additional continuing education classes.

Brian Shifrin, Southborough

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Shifrin, resolving allegations that he failed to complete all continuing education hours required for the renewal of his license. Shifrin agreed to have a reprimand placed on his license to practice as a real estate appraiser, pay $1,000 fine and complete 15 hours in a national course on appraisal standards

Brendena M. Torelli, West Peabody

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Torelli, resolving allegations that she committed errors while conducting an appraisal in Springfield. Under the terms of the agreement, Torelli agreed to have her license to practice as a real estate appraiser placed on probation for six months, pay a $500 fine and take additional continuing education classes.

Real Estate Appraisers, through their contracts with clients, provide land, commercial and residential property appraisal services. The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers licenses qualified professional appraisers in compliance with the mandates of Title XI, the Federal Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. The Board insures the integrity of its licensees through fair and consistent enforcement of the statutes and regulations. The Board currently licenses approximately 2,472 individuals in the real estate appraiser profession.

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Consumers are urged to visit the DPL’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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