IDFPR Enforcement Actions and What We Can Learn from Them

January 2024 IDFPR


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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) took several enforcement actions in January 2024, highlighting important lessons for professionals in various fields. Here are some key takeaways:

Is Being Licensed in many states always a good thing?

No, it isn’t. A clinical psychologist from Kansas was disciplined by IDFPR due to “sister-state discipline.” If you are licensed in more than one state, you will have reporting obligations to all states if you are disciplined in one state. For some businesses that operate in dozens of states, the smallest investigatory finding will lead to hours of notification paperwork specific to each state.

Controlled Substances are being Closely Monitored 

An Illinois physician had both their license and controlled substance license revoked due to inappropriate controlled substance prescribing to multiple patients.  Current technology and software programs allow the State and DEA to actively look at a physician’s prescribing practices for deviations from accepted practice.

Reporting Criminal Convictions to IDFPR in many cases is required

A nurse’s failure to report a felony conviction led to license suspension. Each profession under IDFPR’s oversight has specific reporting requirements. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, including DUI or assault, contact 1818 to understand reporting obligations.

Honesty on Applications is Essential

A pharmacy technician’s license renewal was denied due to misrepresentation on the application. Seek legal guidance when applying for a license to ensure accuracy and compliance with IDFPR requirements.

Ignoring IDFPR is not a solution 

A CPA had his license suspended for failing to respond to IDFPR’s information request. Promptly update your contact information and respond to IDFPR communications. Ignoring requests can lead to more severe consequences. If contacted by IDFPR, seek legal advice immediately.

Understanding and implementing the lessons from IDFPR’s January 2024 enforcement actions is crucial for professionals. Compliance, honesty, and proactive communication are key to maintaining your professional license and reputation. If you have questions or need assistance, contact 1818 today.

Protect your professional standing. Contact 1818 for guidance on compliance and reporting requirements. Stay informed to avoid costly mistakes.

Jordan Matyas

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Jordan Matyas is a lawyer, lobbyist, and Founder of 1818 Legal, an Illinois professional licensing defense law firm he created in 2014. With more than 18 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including professional license defense, administrative law, land use and zoning, and state, local, and municipal law.

Jordan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.