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DLLR Probe Leads to Charges of Counterfeiting, Acting as Unlicensed Contractor

 

Department urges consumers, businesses to check licensing records before hiring

(BALTIMORE, 5/19/10) -- Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez and Prince George's County State Attorney's Glenn F. Ivey today announced that Stoney Lamont Worsley, 40, of Mechanicsville, Md., has been indicted by a county grand jury on counterfeiting and other charges. Worsley is accused of producing an altered journeyman's license to get hired by a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) contractor.

This is the latest in a string of recent cases, based on investigations by DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, that has led to criminal charges against people accused of using faked credentials or otherwise impersonating licensed professionals in Maryland.

"Someone who works on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems without the training and knowledge to do so properly poses a risk to public safety and property," Secretary Sanchez said. "We're gratified that the Board of HVACR Contractors and the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office recognized the seriousness of this case and pursued it as a criminal matter."

"We appreciate every effort that DLLR puts forward to keep our residents safe. This indictment* was possible because of the good work put in by DLLR investigators," State's Attorney Ivey said.

The indictment alleges that Worsley's employer discovered he was not licensed as a journeyman when it couldn't find the license in DLLR's online database during a routine search and contacted the Board of HVACR Contractors to follow up.

Worsley is charged with common law counterfeiting and common law uttering, both felonies, and providing HVACR services without a license.

Other recent DLLR investigations have led to criminal charges against people accused of impersonating architects, professional engineers and certified public accountants.

"This is just another step in our efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of Marylanders, and to protect them from unscrupulous and unqualified people acting as licensed professionals," said Stanley Botts, Commissioner of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Consumers and businesses are reminded that they can check whether someone is licensed to perform any service in Maryland that is regulated by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, by visiting the Occupational and Professional Licensing website.

*An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Individuals charged by indictment are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.