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Discipline of agent who defrauded clients & skipped hearing upheld

Default findings entered following a disciplinary hearing were appropriate given the licensee's absence, an Illinois appellate court held May 13. The court upheld a suspension and fine against a real estate licensee who defrauded rental-seeking clients and then skipped his disciplinary hearing. The court ruled that the state licensing agency did not violate the licensee's due process rights by proceeding with a hearing and imposing discipline in his absence.

The Department filed administrative complaints against Shaw and his real estate brokerage in 2013, alleging that the he had entered into predatory rental-finding agreements with clients that . . .

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