For Immediate Release - September 17, 2013

Massachusetts Funeral Directors and Embalmers Board Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers (the "Board") today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

David J. Diamond, Attleboro:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Diamond, resolving allegations that he made a misrepresentation to a consumer regarding the date that the deceased would be cremated, and failed to respond to the Board. Under the terms of the agreement, Diamond agreed to write a letter of apology to the consumer, have his license placed on probation for six months, and pay a $200 fine.

Laurence R. Eaton, Needham:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Eaton, resolving allegations that he attached a hearse plate to a vehicle that was not solely used to conduct business related to the funeral services profession. Under the terms of the agreement, Eaton agreed to pay a $200 fine.

Melvin L. Reed, Brockton:  By final decision, the Board suspended Reed's license to practice as a funeral director for one year. The Board found that Reed submitted a license renewal application on which he indicated that he held a ten percent ownership interest in Roger Shields Funeral Home, in Mattapan, as required for licensure by Board rules. A review by the Board found that Reed did not hold the required ownership interest when he submitted his renewal applications and. as a result, he should have downgraded his license. Following the one year suspension of his license, Reed's funeral director license will be placed on probation for five years.  

The Funeral Services profession provides services for the deceased and their families. Members of this profession prepare the bodies of the deceased through embalming, arrange for crematory services and provide services of assistance for family members of the deceased. They are committed to follow all health related rules as set forth by the Board and local health departments. 

The Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers oversees the licensing of these professionals and their apprentices through examination. The Board also inspects the facilities of licensed embalmers and funeral directors.  The Board currently licenses more than 1,800 individuals and 600 funeral homes in Massachusetts.

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 370,000 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.