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Maine State Board Cautions Consumers about Auctioneer


October 27, 2016



The Board of Licensing of Auctioneers within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (www.maine.gov/pfr) recently referred a number of cases to the Attorney General’s Office for disposition. In response, the AG’s Office has filed a civil action in Kennebec County Superior Court. As a result, the Department and Board are cautioning people from engaging the auctioneering services of Jeffrey S. Roberts, who has also done business as Picadilly Place Auction Gallery.

Mr. Roberts’ previous auction gallery was in Hallowell and is now in Brewer. The Board and AG’s Office are alleging violations of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act, including at least 22 complaints filed by consignors and buyers against this auctioneer.

The consignors allege Mr. Roberts has failed to remit auction proceeds, failed to account for property, auctioned property without consignment contracts, used non-conforming contracts, failed to keep proper records, made misrepresentations to consignors, engaged in unprofessional conduct, aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of auctioneering, engaged in misconduct, employed an unqualified assistant, and breached his fiduciary duty to his consignors.

The Superior Court complaint filed by the AG’s Office requests preliminary and permanent injunctions seeking restitution for consignors and prohibiting Mr. Roberts from engaging in auctioneering, as well as fines, costs and attorney fees.

The Board encourages anyone with information regarding this auctioneer to contact Karen Bivins at Karen.L.Bivins@maine.gov.