For Immediate Release - September 28, 2016

Board Of Registration Of Real Estate Brokers And Salespersons Revokes Real Estate Broker's License

BOSTON, MA (September 28, 2016) - The Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons today announced disciplinary action against David E. Scher and his company, First Step Realty, Inc. of Boston. Scher’s real estate licenses have been revoked and he no longer may engage in the real estate profession in Massachusetts. The revocations arise from two separate complaints filed against Scher.

“I applaud the Board for taking swift and decisive action against someone who clearly is not fit to practice as a licensed real estate broker in the Commonwealth,” said Chuck Borstel, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure. “These decisions send a strong signal that the Board remains committed to its consumer protection mission and will not tolerate dishonest and unprofessional conduct by its licensees.”

The initial complaint against Scher stemmed from his 2014 felony conviction for larceny. The second complaint against Scher arose while defending himself in the first complaint before the Board. Scher is alleged to have submitted to the Board a falsified verdict slip for his criminal conviction showing a jury verdict of “Not Guilty,” in response to the Board’s initial complaint regarding his criminal conviction. Upon further investigation by the Board, it was discovered that Scher had been found “Guilty” and had appealed his conviction to the Appeals Court, attended regular status conferences with the Court, and was also serving a term of probation for his larceny conviction. Following an adjudicatory hearing, the Board revoked Scher’s real estate licenses, including his right to renew those licenses effective September 13, 2016.

Prior to Scher’s license revocations, the Board had summarily suspended his licenses after a Suffolk County grand jury indicted him on charges of perjury, tampering with a document for use in an official proceeding, forgery, and two counts of presenting a false document.

The Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons protects the public through regulation of the practice of real estate brokerage and sales in Massachusetts in accordance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies. The Board issues licenses to qualified individuals and businesses to practice the real estate profession and investigates consumer complaints and takes disciplinary action against licensees when appropriate. The Board also regulates real estate schools and agent curriculum and contracts with a testing vendor to provide real estate licensing examinations. Currently, the Board licenses more than 71,000 individuals and businesses to engage in the real estate profession 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 387,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 28 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools. Consumers are encouraged to visit DPL’s website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may wish to do business is licensed and in good standing. Follow DPL on Twitter @Mass Consumer.

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