Fake Dentists Target Immigrants
The pair, one aged just 27 while the other is aged 70, were reportedly targeting only the immigrant community living in the town, which is located on the Costa de Almeria, a popular tourist destination in southern Spain. The men have been officially charged by prosecutors with crimes against public health and the unauthorised practice of a profession. They are known to have caused considerable injuries to at least two of their patients, including one who had two teeth extracted and root canal surgery carried out for a total fee of 450 euros.
The men were then reported to local law enforcement, who set up a surveillance operation around their place of work. The two were observed handing out business cards, almost exclusively to foreign residents. When they were later arrested, the men were carrying large briefcases which contained a wide selection of dentistry tools, many of which had not passed any health controls. The cases also contained a selection of unused dentures and many unsterilised needles. Most worryingly, there were a number of bottles in the cases containing a variety of liquids, some of which have not yet been identified by the Guardia Civil.
After being arrested outside their place of work, they led police officers inside the building, where a larger selection of dental equipment was then found. The investigation by the Guardia Civil is ongoing as officers try to establish how many of the town’s immigrants may have in fact been treated by the fake dentists. They are particularly concerned that other people may have been injured or suffered health problems after undergoing serious dental procedures, but may not have the money to seek medical help.