Fake Dentist Arrested

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 1:02pm

Patient disfigured during visit to illegal home dental office.

An elderly man accused of running a makeshift dental office out of his Miami, Florida home walked out of jail early Thursday after posting bond.

Humberto Perez, 81, was arrested Wednesday of charges of practicing dentistry without a license, unlicensed practice of the health care profession, aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

He left jail without comment around 5 a.m.

His wife, 69-year-old Maria Perez, was also arrested on those charges, while his daughter, 38-year-old Odalis Hernandez Perez, was charged with child neglect.

Both posted bond and were released from jail late Wednesday.

Miami Police say the family had been operating a clandestine dental office out of their home in Little Havana.

Authorities were tipped off to the illegal operation by the mother of a 14-year-old girl who had received treatment at the home that left her permanently disfigured, police said.

The girl's mother said her daughter was self-conscious about one chipped tooth but her insurance wouldn't pay for the dental work.

That's why she went to Perez who was referred by a friend.

She said she didn't think anything of the place because such dental offices are normal in her native Dominican Republic.

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