For Immediate Release - May 21, 2004

State Board Disciplines Four Real Estate Agents

Puts two licenses on probation, revokes one, and revokes the right to renew another

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons disciplined four real estate brokers at its most recent meeting.

"I applaud the Board's continued diligence in protecting consumers and holding professionals accountable for their actions," stated Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

The Board took action against the following four individuals:

1) Frances P. Alvarez of Framingham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Alvarez placing her license on probation for one year, effective May 3, 2004. The board alleged that Alvarez failed to convey all offers on a property and failed to attend an open house in a timely fashion.

2) John Tronca of Quincy: Tronca signed a consent agreement with the Board and agreed that his real estate broker license be put on probation for sixty days beginning May 3, 2004. Tronca took commissions that should have been paid to his affiliated broker and neglected to return money belonging to consumers. Prior to the execution of the consent agreement, Tronca returned all funds belonging to the two complainants in this matter.

3) Cindy Gomez of Hyde Park: The Board revoked the real estate broker license of Gomez as of May 10, 2004. The Board's action resulted from Gomez's omission to maintain escrow funds and for failing to account for or return money that came into her possession.

4) John M. Tully of Salem: The Board revoked the right to renew Tully's real estate broker's license as of May 10, 2004. Tully originally obtained his license because of a statutory provision allowing members of the Massachusetts Bar Association to become real estate brokers. His license was revoked as a result of his disbarment as an attorney in the Commonwealth.

Consumers are encouraged to exercise their rights and continually visit the Division's Web site at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The Division of Professional Licensure is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensure process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the continual updating of licenses for approximately 330,000 licensees, and the maintenance of the multiple databases related to licensing, enforcement, and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2003, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of professional discipline including 949 disciplinary actions and over $27,000 in fines and over $50,000 in refunds for consumers.