For Immediate Release - January 25, 2006

State Boards Issue Enforcement Actions Against Real Estate Licensees

State Boards Issue Enforcement Actions Against Real Estate Licensees

The Division of Professional Licensure's Boards of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons and Real Estate Appraisers recently issued enforcement actions against the following real estate brokers, salespersons and appraisers.

Ruben Coulanges of Brockton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Coulanges, suspending his salesperson license for five days after Coulanges admitted signing checks for an escrow account without holding a real estate broker license while employed at South Shore Realty Group.

Wilfred C. Driscoll, Jr. of Fall River: Driscoll entered into a consent agreement with the Board, voluntarily surrendering his broker license for a period of at least five years, effective October 11, 2005. Driscoll had previously been convicted in United States District Court and had not disclosed the conviction to the Board.

James Fitzgerald of Dorchester: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Fitzgerald, suspending his broker license for fifteen days. Fitzgerald admitted failing to disclose his personal financial interest in a real estate transaction and failing to disclose to a client that he was no longer acting as the client's broker. Fitzgerald also agreed to pay restitution to a customer in the amount of $15,200.

Jonathan Frederick of West Springfield: Frederick entered into a consent agreement with the Appraisers Board, agreeing to surrender his license and the right to renewal, effective November 2, 2005. The Board found that in three different real estate appraisals, Frederick failed to attach property deeds to appraisal reports, failed to properly report the sales history of homes and misrepresented the overall condition of the homes, resulting in misleading appraisal reports.

Susan J. Holbrook of Orleans: The Board issued a final decision and order by default, revoking Holbrook's right to renew her appraiser license effective October 9, 2005. The Board contends that Holbrook had been conducting real estate appraisals and that she represented herself to clients as being certified to do so when, in fact, her license had expired in 1999. Holbrook also stated to the Board that she conducted real estate appraisals for buyers she represented.

Gerald L. Issokson of South Yarmouth: The Board issued a final decision and order, revoking Issokson's broker license, effective July 13, 2005. This action followed Issokson's guilty plea Suffolk Superior Court to ten counts of larceny over $250.00 and two counts of forgery for which he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, followed by five years probation.

Charles O. Lyder of Brighton: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Lyder, suspending his broker license for seven days. Lyder admitted employing an unlicensed assistant who was allowed to rent an apartment to a customer.

William J. Mahoney of Lynn: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Mahoney, suspending his broker license for fourteen days. The Board alleged that Mahoney failed to reimburse a deposit to a client within a reasonable amount of time.

Donald N. Polvere of Nantucket: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Polvere, suspending his salesperson license for thirty days. Polvere admitted that he conducted real estate transactions without a broker license. Under the terms of the consent agreement, Polvere must obtain a broker license for his corporation and retain a licensed broker to operate his business within sixty days of the agreement.

Jeffrey A. Roscoe of Franklin: The Board revoked Roscoe's salesperson license effective October 18, 2005. Roscoe admitted to the Board that in June 2001 while showing a home, he took prescription drugs from the premises. In August 2002, Roscoe plead guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to one count of assault and battery of a child under fourteen, four counts of stealing a controlled substance and three counts of larceny of $250.00 or less, convictions he failed to report to the Board.

Lee J. Rosenberg of West Roxbury: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Rosenberg, suspending his salesperson license for seven days. Rosenberg admitted that he failed to inform prospective rental tenants whether a security deposit would be returned to them if tenancy did not occur.

Mark Tenggren of East Longmeadow: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Tenggren, placing his real estate appraiser license on probation for 24 months as of August 2005 15, 2005. Tenggren admitted that as principal of Tenggren Appraisals, he permitted a real estate appraisal trainee to perform an appraisal of a property. The Board found that the resulting appraisal was misleading and failed to adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Tenggren agreed to pay a $1,000.00 fine report his appraisal assignment to the Board during the probationary period.

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 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.