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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 in July, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced.

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 July include:

* Hartman Business Consulting Inc., of Grantham, Cumberland County, was fined $1,000 by the Board of Accountancy for practicing public accounting without a license.

* Beatty’s Barber Shop of York was suspended by the Board of Barber Examiners for failing to pay a $2,850 fine.

* Joann Wingate of Carlisle was temporarily suspended by the Board of Chiropractic, pending a hearing, on the grounds that her continued practice “may be an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”

* The Board of Cosmotology fined Chau Nails and Spa of Lancaster $2,000 for possessing four metal rasp tools in a licensed salon.

* James Kellert of Newville, Cumberland County, and Antwon Scott of Middletown, Dauphin County, were denied vehicle salesperson licenses by the Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons based on criminal convictions.

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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