Arizona apartment used to run fake dentistry
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) — Police have released video and pictures of the apartment that officers said was used to run an unlicensed dentistry practice.
Police said Elda Graciela Margez de Zamora converted her apartment near 55th Avenue and McDowell Road into a practice and operated there for at least two years. According to court documents, she had dental instruments like an “air/water syringe, saliva ejector, and a high water evacuator.”
Pictures from inside the apartment show one of the beds was set up as a dental chair with some dental equipment right next to it. The living room was transformed into a waiting room, with chairs facing a television and magazines.
Investigators said they searched the apartment and found an invoice for dental supplies, retainer containers, dental impressions, molds, patient images, dental bibs, and two cell phones.
According to police documents, one patient said she had her braces originally applied in Mexico but made an appointment with “Elda” to replace her orthodontic rubber bands. Zamora allegedly charged $100 cash for the service.
According to police documents, two agents participated in an undercover operation at the apartment on May 18. They said they observed Zamora treating at least two separate patients before their scheduled appointment.
Zamora was arrested later that day. She has been charged with one felony count of fraudulent schemes and practices and one felony count of practicing without a license.