Fax-happy realty broker receives fine, suspension

January 22, 1993|By Ellen James Martin | Ellen James Martin,Staff Writer

Repeated fax transmissions by an Ellicott City real estate broker have cost him a $2,000 fine and a suspended real estate license under the state's 1989 "junk fax" law.

The case against Donald W. Scott, of the Summa Agency in the 4000 block of Chatham Road, came after the Maryland Real Estate Commission received 12 complaints about his practices.

"Persistence sometimes pays off, but in this instance, it did not," said Elizabeth Beggs, the commission's executive director.

The ruling was handed down Wednesday.

Rockville attorney, a Towson insurance broker and a former bank vice president in Baltimore told the commission that Mr. Scott repeatedly sent them faxes -- even after they told him to stop.

As a result, the commission voted to suspend Mr. Scott's broker's license for six months and impose the fine.

"The real estate commission considered it serious," said Ms. Beggs, noting that the regulatory board received 12 complaints about Mr. Scott's practices.

Mr. Scott declined to comment on the commission's action, but has appealed the ruling to Circuit Court in Baltimore. A hearing has been set for Feb. 26.

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