For Immediate Release - March 01, 2005

State Board Disciplines 14 Electricians, Two Technicians

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians ("Board") recently issued disciplinary actions against 14 electricians and two systems technicians.

1. Stephen Bilodeau of Oxford: The Board issued a final decision and order by default against Bilodeau, suspending his electrician's license for at least one year. Bilodeau failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work.

2. Ronald Boyajian of Hopkinton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Boyajian, issuing a two-year stayed suspension of his journeyman electrician's license. Boyajian is alleged to have advertised under the name "Hi-Tek Electric, Inc.," a name not registered with the Board. Boyajian also failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work.

3. Jean Celestin of Medford: The Board issued a final decision and order by default against Celestin, suspending his electrician's license for at least one year. The Board alleges that Celestin did not renew his license after it had expired. Celestin is also alleged to have represented himself under the name "JC Electric Contractors," a name not registered with the Board. Celestin also failed to correct multiple code violations found by the local Inspector of Wires.

4. John T. Dunleavy of Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Dunleavy, issuing a two-year stayed suspension of his journeyman electrician's license. Dunleavy is alleged to have represented himself by using the business name, "Dunleavy Electric," a name not registered with the Board. The Board contends he failed to complete electrical work and failed to provide a customer with a refund.

5. Joseph Freire of New Bedford: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Freire, issuing a two-year stayed suspension of his journeyman electrician's license. Freire admits that he failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work and used the business names "Freire Electric Service" or "Joseph Freire Electric" without having the proper license to do so.

6. Francis Heywood of Randolph: The Board issued a final decision and order by default against Heywood, suspending his electrician's license for at least two years. Heywood failed to complete work for a customer and failed to provide a refund despite being ordered to do so by a Plymouth District Court judge. Heywood also failed to correct code violations found by the local Inspector of Wires.

7. William M. Holts, Jr. of Brockton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Holts, issuing a three year stayed suspension of his systems technician license. Holts allegedly misrepresented himself as being licensed to perform electrical installations when he was only licensed to perform security installations. Holts also failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work.

8. Shawn Leary of Peabody: The Board issued a final decision and default judgment against Leary, suspending his electrician's license for at least one year. Leary was alleged to be conducting business with an expired license.

9. Kevin E. Lorrey of Burlington: The Board issued a final decision and default judgment against Lorrey, revoking his electrician's license for ten years. The Board alleges that Lorrey repeatedly failed to satisfactorily complete work for a customer and also repeatedly failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work. Further, Lorrey is alleged to have failed to correct code violations reported to him by the local Inspector of Wires or complete 15 hours of continuing education required by the Board.

10. Sean Mahoney of Cohasset: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Mahoney's electrician's license. Mahoney failed to respond to the Board's request to answer, appear, and defend allegations and complaints against his license. The Board contends that on numerous occasions, Mahoney or a representative failed to file an application to perform electrical work with the local Inspector or Wires.

11. William F. Penney, Jr. of Everett: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, suspending Penney's electrician's license for at least one year. Penney allegedly failed to complete work for a customer and refund a $1,000 deposit.

12. Edward P. Richard of Medford: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Richard's electrician's license for a period of ten years. Richard allegedly allowed apprentices to work without the direct supervision of a licensed electrician and failed to maintain the proper ratio of apprentices to licensed electricians. Richard is also alleged to have used a name for his business other than the one shown on his license.

13. Michael Reilly of Yarmouth: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, suspending Reilly's systems technician license for at least one year. Reilly was found to be working with an expired license and representing his business under the name "Alert One," a name not registered with the Board. Reilly also failed to notify the local Inspector of Wires prior to commencing installation work.

14. Willie J. Sanford of Brockton: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, suspending Sanford's electrician's license for at least one year. Sanford is alleged to have conducted business with an expired license and failing to notify the local Inspector of Wires within five days of commencing work.

15. David Simpson of Worcester: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, suspending Simpson's electrician's license for at least one year. Simpson or a representative are alleged to have entered into a contract with a customer, for which work was never completed and a refund was not provided.

16. Corey J. Speechley of Haverhill: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Speechley, suspending his right to renew his journeyman's license for one year. Speechley allegedly failed to renew his expired license, complete 15 hours of continuing education, notify the local Inspector of Wires of commencing installation work or correct electrical code violations reported by the Haverhill Inspector of Wires. Speechley may apply for license reinstatement after one year, provided he completes one hundred hours of journeyman electrician's courses and 21 hours of continuing education.

The Board of Registration of Electricians licenses approximately 29,300 electricians throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, investigators completed 764 inspections. The Board received 446 new complaints and resolved 262 complaints, resulting in twenty-three consent agreements, 19 license revocations, three license suspensions four license probations. The Board also secured $6,100 in refunds to consumers.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.