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Department of State disciplines several midstate business professionals

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The Department of State took disciplinary actions against six licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations in the midstate during the month of April, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced today.

The bureau’s 29 boards and commissions license and oversee more than 900,000 active professionals and businesses, including a range of occupations in health and business-related fields.

Licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations disciplined in Central Pennsylvania in April include:

  • Maryjo Ellen Szada, of Steelton was indefinitely suspended by the PA Board of Medicine because she "departed from a quality standard of the profession and failed to meet minimum record-keeping requirements."
  • Jeannie Peck, unlicensed, of Leola was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $1,500 and costs of investigation of $307.35 by the state Board of Medicine "because she held forth that she was authorized to practice medicine by using the title 'Doctor of Natural Medicine' and using the designation 'DNM' and that she helps clients to improve, maintain, and prevent health conditions."
  • The notary commission of Adam T. Rashwan of Enola was revoked "based on findings respondent’s criminal activity related to forgery, theft by deception, and tampering with public records demonstrates that he is not of good character, integrity and ability to hold the office of notary public."
  • Notary Cori A. Spisak of York was suspended for three months, with suspension immediately stayed in favor of three months' probation, and was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $250 and a probation assessment of $150 because "she failed to keep and maintain custody and control of an accurate chronological register of all notarial acts, failed to note in the register the amount of fee collected for the notarial service, failed to notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth either in writing or electronically within five days of her change in business address, and failed to be familiar with the duties of a notary public."
  • Stephen W. Wiley of Lancaster was suspended by the state Board of Pharmacy to coincide with his period of criminal probation in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. The suspension was immediately stayed in favor of probation after he pleaded guilty to an offense involving moral turpitude before a state court.
  • Robert W. Hilliker of Strasburg had his license to sell vehicles revoked by the Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons after he pleaded guilty to "a crime involving moral turpitude and was convicted of a felony while his license was in force."

Anyone who suspects unlicensed activity by an individual or facility, or who has been a victim of unethical treatment, can file a complaint either online or through the bureau’s hotline at 800-822-2113.

Violations of the law or state regulations may result in disciplinary actions of civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of a license.

A comprehensive list of sanctions imposed by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available online by clicking on “Licensing” and then “Disciplinary Actions” from the left-hand side of the page.

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