Patient disfigured during visit to illegal home dental office, fake dentist arrested
POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6:05pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — 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.