SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – A Sunrise man could be facing jail time after he was allegedly caught performing dental work in his home without a license, according to Sunrise Police.
Luis Quintero, 49, was arrested at his home Thursday night and charged with one count of unlawful practicing of dentistry.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Cases, Positivity Rates, Deaths Rise Amid Coronavirus Surge
Deputies conducted surveillance on Quintero’s residence after being tipped off by a neighbor who complained about people knocking on her door asking for the “dentist,” Luis Quintero. At least four different people told police Quintero had performed dental work on them.
Quintero had no license to practice dental work, but he did work at a dental office, called Smiley John Orthodontics, for the last 13 years.READ MORE: 'Biggest Tragedy Is Preventable Loss Of Life': Memorial Healthcare System Chief Urges Public To Get COVID Vaccine
Sunrise Police got a search warrant for Quintero’s home and discovered “large amounts of dental tools, dental equipment, and dental medication” throughout the residence. In addition, detectives found $6,532 in cash at Quintero’s home.
Quintero told detectives that he was a dentist in Colombia, where he also obtained his dental supplies. Detectives said Quintero admitted to having no dental license in this country. Detectives said Quintero told them he worked on about ten patients per month for the fee of $50 for “adjusting their braces.”MORE NEWS: Florida Becoming Epicenter Of Coronavirus Outbreak
According to deputies, Quintero told them he earned $50,000 a year as a dental assistant, but needed the extra money he was earning doing the dental work himself to supplement his income.