Anne Arundel delegate loses real estate license

A state regulatory commission has suspended the real estate license of a delegate from Anne Arundel County, who admitted violating rules designed to protect homeowners during foreclosure proceedings.

Del. W. Anthony "Tony" McConkey, a Severna Park Republican, admitted in an administrative hearing Monday that he violated the Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act — a law he voted for twice in the General Assembly — and engaged in conduct that demonstrated "incompetency and improper dealings," according to Steven Long, assistant director of the Maryland Real Estate Commission.

McConkey, who has represented District 33A since 2003 and is running for re-election, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, McConkey did not admit to "fraud or misrepresentation." In a year, McConkey will be eligible to reapply to the commission for a real estate license.

Mike Morin, an attorney for the three women who filed complaints against McConkey, said the delegate routinely contacted homeowners who were in danger of losing their homes and offered to save them from foreclosure, but misled them into signing over their homes. Morin said McConkey's actions were "utterly reprehensible," especially given his role as a public official and his voting record, which shows he voted for the PHFA in both 2005 and 2008.

Administrative law Judge David Pratt, who presided over the hearing, has 90 days to decide if the victims are entitled to compensation. The three women are each asking for $25,000 from the Maryland Real Estate Complaint & Guaranty Fund.

Madonna Brennan, the Democrat challenging McConkey, called his conduct "improper."

"Our economy's bad enough; we're already suffering and he's victimizing people," said Brennan, a Gambrills resident who works as a benefits administrator for a labor union. "He's profiting from their misfortune."

In 2009, a county Circuit Court jury ruled that McConkey had to pay $11,000 to a woman who signed her home over to him. But the jury ruled that McConkey did not intentionally defraud her.

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