Woman sentenced to 5 years in fake dentist scheme

By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman
By: From Wire Reports, The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A mother and daughter from Texas have pleaded guilty to performing dentistry without a license after hours at an Oklahoma City clinic.

Prosecutors allege that Elizabeth Hinojosa of Jourdanton, Texas, worked as a dental assistant during the day. Her daughter, Monica Salazar Orozco, worked as the clinic's receptionist.

Authorities allege that Hinojosa posed as a dentist after hours and performed root canals, extracted teeth and placed braces on patients. Prosecutors claim that Orozco helped schedule the after-hours appointments.

On Wednesday, Hinojosa pleaded guilty to practicing dentistry without a license, second-degree forgery, medical battery and embezzlement. The Oklahoman reports she was sentenced to five years in prison.

Hinojosa declined to comment.

Orozco received a five-year deferred sentence after pleading guilty to practicing dentistry without a license.

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