Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons Board Announces Enforcement Actions
BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:
Paul Breen, Beverly, MA: In a Final Decision, the Board revoked Breen's right to renew his license as a Real Estate Salesperson. The Board found that Breen was convicted for receiving stolen property over $250, accessory after the fact and conspiracy on June 19, 2012, and that he also failed to notify the Board of a change of address. The Board entered a Final Decision revoking Breen's right to renew his licensure due to his conviction of an offense that demonstrates lack of good moral character for licensure, for his failure to report his conviction to the Board, and for his failure to notify the Board of his change of address.
Margaret Fallon, Chatham, MA: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Fallon, resolving allegations that she made substantial misrepresentation in the performance of her duties and acted as an agent for more than one party to a transaction without the knowledge and consent of both parties. Under the terms of the agreement, Fallon agreed to a 90 day suspension of her license to practice as a Real Estate Salesperson.
Joshua A. Leventhal, Sharon, MA: After multiple attempts to contact Leventhal regarding allegations of unlicensed practice, the Board entered a Final Decision revoking his right to renew his license to practice as a Real Estate Salesperson. The Board found that, in 2010, Leventhal engaged in unlicensed practice when he contracted with several individuals to provide professional real estate services in exchange for compensation. In addition, investigators found evidence that Leventhal founded and advertised his services through the website Rent2OwnConnect.com. Although previously licensed as a real estate salesperson from 1992 to 1996, Leventhal had not renewed his license following its expiration in 1996.
Richard P. Murphy, Springvale, ME: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Murphy resolving allegations related to his mishandling of client funds. The allegations stemmed from a 2008 incident in which Murphy deposited $2,400 derived from a rental property in Readville into his personal bank account instead of an escrow account as required by state regulations. As part of his agreement with the Board, Murphy accepted a twenty-one day suspension of his license, including seven days of outright suspension and a fourteen day probationary period.
Kevin Orme, Mashpee, MA: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Orme resolving that he failed to comply with state laws. Under the agreement, Orme agreed to voluntarily surrender his Real Estate Broker license. In return for the Licensee's execution of this Agreement, the Board will not prosecute the allegations against him arising from the Board's investigation.
Joseph G. Ruffo, Randolph, MA: In a Final Decision, the Board revoked Ruffo's license to practice as a Real Estate Salesperson. The Board found that in 2004, Ruffo formed and began operating a Real Estate Broker corporation. Although a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Ruffo was not a licensed Release Estate Broker and failed to employ a licensed Real Estate Broker. Following his failure to respond to the allegations, the Board entered a Final Decision and Order by Default against Ruffo, revoking his Real Estate Salespersons license.
Paul D. Vargas, Winthrop, MA: The Board entered a Final Decision against Vargas, revoking his license due to his failure to respond to inquiries regarding information presented in his application for licensure as a Real Estate Salesperson.
Licensed real estate brokers and salespersons assist consumers wishing to purchase, sell, lease, or exchange real property. The Board seeks to protect consumers by exercising its authority to discipline real estate agents who violate licensing laws and regulations. Currently, the Board licenses more than 71,000 individuals and businesses in Massachusetts, and also regulates the curriculum and operation of real estate schools.
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 approximately 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 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.