Professional dental care is a must have move for well-being. Affording dental treatments can be challenging as the costs for the services are directly linked to the experience and education of the dentist being visited. Consumers are warned to avoid dentists with pricing that appears to be too good to be true, as slews of unlicensed dentists are popping up in America and contributing to dental problems instead of improving dental health.
Why the reasons for operating make-shift dental clinics are unclear, the fact remains that over the past few years, dozens of unlicensed dentists have been found and charged with a variety of crimes from coast to coast. Unlicensed dentists have been accused of doing everything from forcing patients to spit in a garbage pail, dumping patients under the influence of anesthesia on public streets as well as murder. Practicing medicine without a license is a felony and that fear has lead a number of fake dentists to make stupid choices in order to cover up their crimes.
Despite the fact that Francisco Rendon of Chicago, Illinois made his patients sit in a leather office chair, spit in garbage pails and used a power tool to remove tooth decay and treat cavities the fake dentist had plenty of patients willing to endure his unethical and unsanitary dental care services until police arrested the culprit.
The fake dental clinic was set up in a rented room near an auto body yard and scrap metal facility (http://archive.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/04/police-charge-man-with-being-a-fake-dentist.html). The space was stocked with dentistry tools of the trade including prescription medication and dentures. Despite those props, Rendon, who claimed to be a licensed dentist in Mexico, lacked all the credentials (no city business license and no U.S. credentials to practice in the country) necessary to provide dental care and was in turn was arrested and charged with misdemeanor for delivering medical services without a license.
In 2007, Colette Villemin went to visit 'dentist' Alexander Poperetchny to get some bridgework done. However, unbeknownst to her, Poperetchny was nothing more than a dental scam artist practicing unlicensed dentistry in America for more than 15 years. Her failure to ensure he was licensed ended up taking her life.
The problem first came to light when Villemin passed out in Poperetchny 's dental chair and he opted to carry her blue and weak body to the street where he simply dumped her on the sidewalk out of his fear of being caught. Only after she failed to return from her appointment did her concerned family members start the wild search for her. They found her in a city hospital, listed as a "Jane Doe," and hooked up to life support. She died the next day.
Eyewitness accounts indicate Poperetchny dumped the woman's near-lifeless body as if she was yesterday's trash. At the time he believed that an unknown allergy to peroxide caused her reaction and subsequent. Eventually the fake dentist was charged with reckless endangerment for her role in her death. Poperetchny was sentenced to five years' probation as an autopsy determined that Villemin died from heart issues. Sadly, the current laws still allow Poperetchny to apply for a U.S. dental license, despite his role in her demise.
When Viktor Merezhnikov visited fake dentist Viktor G. Gebauer for emergency dental care in 2010, he never thought that his toothache would end up costing him his life. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened as Gebauer shot him down.
During the appointment with the unethical and unlicensed Gebauer, Merezhnikov called his family members to let him know he was being held at gunpoint. As a result, the family member when to the dental office and found Merezhnikov slumped in a chair in the waiting room. He died from a "single gunshot wound to the abdomen," (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/07/gresham_unlicensed_dentist_sen.html).
Gebauer was convicted of murder. The octogenarian is currently serving a mandatory life sentence in the Oregon prison sentence and will not be eligible for parole until serving 25 years of the term. Additionally, the fake dentist was ordered to pay Merezhnokov's family $150,000 in restitution to the survivors.
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