Sunday, December 04, 2011

Known felons granted real estate licenses in Florida

A shocking article in the St. Pete Times today about the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) granting real estate licenses to known felons!  The Times states that since 2008, "the state has processed 34,780 total applications and denied 215".  (Well that's something at least!)  FREC meets monthly with applicants who have "serious" criminal offenses or who have failed to disclose criminal matters on their real estate license application which then showed up during the background check of law enforcement data bases.  The Times adds that the monthly meeting is often referred to as the "Jerry Springer Show". Recently, licenses were granted to people with previous dubious histories such as lewd and lascivious behavior and cocaine trafficking.  (I sure would like to know what it takes to be denied a real estate license.)  Link to full story

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