Okla board alleges woman practiced without license
BY Associated Press
Saturday, September 01, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Board of Dentistry investigators are looking for a woman who allegedly practiced dentistry without a license.
Court records indicate arrest warrants were issued Friday for Elizabeth Hinojosa and Monica Orozco, identified as her daughter.
Officials said in a news release that Hinojosa was hired as a translator at two Oklahoma City area dental offices as a Spanish translator and part-time dental assistant.
Officials allege she and Orozco developed a scheme in which patients were given follow-up appointments set for times when the dentist offices were closed. They would then allegedly tell the patients Hinojosa was a dentist and would do the work cheaper if they paid cash.
She allegedly performed dental extractions, fillings, bridges and other procedures. Investigators have identified 22 victims.
Hinojosa couldn't be reached for comment.