Disciplinary actions: Real estate brokers and managing brokers

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

March 2014

Daniel Curtin — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct — Failed to disclose easement.
  • Action:
    • Real Estate Broker License suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Required to complete a 30 hour Real Estate Practices course within 9 months.

Janine Duncan — Seattle

  • Finding: Failed to exercise reasonable skill and care and failed to disclose easement.
  • Action: Real Estate Managing Broker License suspended 1 year, all stay (not imposed) for 3 years.

Thomas Hopper — Anacortes

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct –
    • Failed to disclose 2010 conviction for Theft 3rd Degree.
    • License to practice as a registered nursing assistant was revoked for 5 years by the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Action: Real Estate Managing Broker License suspended 3 years, all stayed (not imposed) for a period of 5 years.

Sue Kim — Bellevue

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct – Failed to deposit earnest money.
  • Action: Fined $1,500.

Gabriel Graumann — Everett

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct – Performed unlicensed activity.
  • Action: Real Estate Designated Broker License suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for a period of 3 years.

Duane Hodges — Lynnwood

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct – Aiding and abetting unlicensed activity.
  • Action: Real Estate Designated Broker License suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for a period of 3 years.

January 2014

Ronald Gilles — Sequim

  • Finding: Failed to exercise reasonable skill and care.
  • Action: Fined $250.

Vicki Smith — Vancouver

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Failed to report conviction.
  • Action:
    • Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $2,500.

December 2013

Steven P. Davenport — Yakima

  • Finding: Failed to resubmit another fingerprint card after an original card was rejected by the Washington State Patrol.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended until a new fingerprint card is received.

Kelly L. Bauer — Enumclaw

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Brokered lease agreements without going through brokerage.
    • Deposited money into personal account instead of brokerage firm’s trust account.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years.

Kenneth F. Enslow — Tacoma

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Failed to deposit earnest money.
  • Action: Fined $500.

Tracie Rebar — Bonney Lake

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Falsified information on multiple listings and purchase sales agreements.
    • Failed to deposit earnest money.
    • Gave false information to sellers.
    • Allegedly forged a signature resulting in release of earnest money.
    • Failed to show up for multiple interviews with us.
    • Failed to provide requested documents to us.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years.

October 2013

Camille Besset — Kirkland

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Emptied client’s trust account for personal use.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years.

Ivanhoe U. Keo — Woodinville

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Convicted of 4 felony charges in Kitsap County Superior Court.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 5 years.

Stacey J. Price — Port Angeles

  • Finding:
    • Unprofessional conduct —
      • Accepted money and deposited in personal account instead of turning over to firm for deposit into a trust account and/or paid as commission.
      • Untimely delivery of customer/client funds or property.
    • Didn’t maintain proper records and maintain for 3 years from the conclusion of transactions.
    • Didn’t exercise reasonable skill and care in fulfilling broker duties.
  • Action:
    • Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $2,000.

September 2013

Ronald W. Conard — Spanaway

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Falsely answered questions on license applications.
    • Failed to report complaints, indictments, or convictions filed within 20 days of their filing dates.
  • Action:
    • Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,500.

Ross S. Papa — Federal Way

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Misappropriation of funds.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 5 years.

August 2013

Madaline Desmet — Des Moines

  • Finding: Unprofessional Conduct — Conviction for stalking, a misdemeanor offense, in King County District Court.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked until October 4, 2015, when she may reapply for a real estate license.

Sarah Lieu — Bellevue

  • Finding: Failed to disclose foundation issue as co-owner of subject property and falsely answered question G on Form 17.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended for 1 year, with 90 days imposed and the balance stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and fined $1,500 due by May 6, 2014.

Al B. White — Southworth

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Owned property that was foreclosed, yet continued to place tenants in the property he no longer owned.
    • Failed to disclose judgment in King Co. Superior Court against him from 2009.
    • Falsely answered questions during 2011 audit regarding any order, verdict, or judgment against himself or the licensees under him in his firm.
    • Falsely answered questions regarding firm or its licensees doing property management activities or trust accounts.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 5 years.

July 2013

Craig Dieffenbach — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Guilty plea entered in U.S. District Court, Western District of WA in Seattle, to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.
  • Action: License revoked for 10 years from July 11, 2013.

Winston H. Dunkley — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Pled guilty in 2008 for intimidating a public servant in Superior Court of WA for Pierce County, and failed to notify us of the charge within 20 days as required by WAC 308-124C-040(1).
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended until proof provided for successful completion of several requirements. After proof for all requirements has been received and license is reinstated, will be on probation for 3 years.

Kelli A. Johnson — Port Orchard/Bremerton

  • Finding: Failed to resubmit another fingerprint card and additional fingerprint fee after an original card was rejected by the Washington State Patrol.
  • Action: Broker license suspended until a new fingerprint card and fee is received.

Chris McCain — Kent

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Judgments entered in King Co. Superior Court in 2002 and 2003 that weren’t reported within 20 days.
    • A criminal case naming McCain filed in 2012 that wasn’t reported within 20 days.
    • False answers on applications to transfer or reactivate license.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, with 60 days imposed and 305 days stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,500, due by July 29, 2013, unless payment arrangements are made. (License won’t be issued or renewed until fine is paid.)

Dana W. Richards — Ocean Shores

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Didn’t disclose she was owner of the construction company she recommended for building a home on a lot she had an agreement to sell.
    • Breached contract of same construction company.
    • Hindered the ability of subject properties to be sold.
    • Didn’t report civil complaints or judgments within 20 days.
    • Answered license renewal questions falsely.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 3 years.

June 2013

Chun Y. Choi — Bellevue

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Pled guilty in US District Court Western District of WA in Tacoma to Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering Count 1.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked 10 years from 06/10/13.

Youssef Elrais — Redmond

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Failed to cooperate with Dept. of Licensing during an investigation.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended 1 year or until the Dept. of Licensing receives response to an investigation, whichever is longer.

David Emerson — Lynnwood

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct:
    • While acting as leasing agent, personally leased subject property and failed to pay rent;
    • Default judgment was entered in Superior Court for Snohomish Co. for monies owed; and
    • Failed to report judgment to the Dept. of Licensing with 20 days per licensing law.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 5 years from 6/12/13.

Yasmin Khalil — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Declination of trust account funds.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years.

May 2013

Alisha B. Allen — Vancouver

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Convicted of 4 counts of Felony Theft I by the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, Clackamas County.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended for 2 years, with 30 days imposed and the balance stayed (not imposed) for 4 years if there are no violations.

April 2013

John R. Bays — Lakewood

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Allowed access and work to be done on property before closing, and failed to follow the duties of licensee per RCW 18.86.030 (1) (a),(b) and (d).
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years on condition there are no violations, and fined $2,500.

Gary Hall — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Received a Summary Judgment and didn’t report it within 20 days, and falsely answered questions on transfer application.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, with suspension stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.

Leldon D. King – Anacortes

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct —
    • Performed real estate-type transactions without an active license.
    • Didn’t exercise reasonable skill and care.
    • Didn’t deal honestly and in good faith as a real estate broker.
    • Knowingly committed, or was a party to, a material fraud, misrepresentation, concealment, conspiracy, collusion, trick, scheme, or devise whereby another person lawfully relied upon the word, representation or conduct of the licensee.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 3 years on April 19, 2013.

Deborah Thaut — Cheney

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Listing information was incorrect, and property map included property that wasn’t part of property purchased.
  • Action:
    • Real estate broker license suspended 2 years, stayed (not imposed) for 5 years on the condition no other violation occurs.
    • Required to complete an Ethics course and a Land Sales course.
    • Fined $1,500.

March 2013

David A. Milne — Mill Creek

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling of May 17, 2011, finding fraudulent omissions.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years.

February 2013

Debbie Green — Spokane

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Didn’t exercise reasonable skill and care in use of forms and agreements, and account in a timely manner for all money and property received.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and all transactions will be monitored by her designated broker or appointed managing broker for 2 years.

Jeremy B. Hill — Bothell

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Failed to screen tenants prior to executing rental agreements/optional purchase agreements.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended 3 years, with 90 days of actual suspension and the balance stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and fined $5,000, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years on the condition no other violation occurs.

Michael P. Orear — Seattle

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct — Convicted in King County Superior Court of possessing and attempting to possess depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and required to register as a sex offender.
  • Action: Real estate broker license revoked for 10 years or until no longer required to register, whichever is longer.

January 2013

Robin L. Wellman-Parker — Snohomish

  • Finding: Unprofessional conduct.
  • Action: Real estate broker license suspended 1 year, with all but 30 days stayed for 3 years (actual suspension January 1–31, 2013), and fined $1,000.
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