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State suspends real estate licenses for Granby, Blackstone men

— State regulators have suspended the licenses of two real estate agents, including a Granby man, who failed to disclose past criminal convictions on their license applications last year.

The Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons suspended for 60 days the real estate licenses belonging to Brian Laplante of Granby and Steven M. Cavossa of Blackstone. Consent agreements required the men to surrender their licenses and bar them from practicing in the business during that time.

The state board said it could not provide information on the past convictions, which must be disclosed to licensing officials regardless of jurisdiction.

Under state law and policy, the licensing board must determine whether applicants meet a “good moral character” standard to receive a license. The burden to meet that criteria is on applicants during initial licensing procedures.

Cavossa had received his real estate agent’s license last August while Laplante received his in October 2012, according to the state Division of Professional Licensure.

— DAN CROWLEY

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