Nev. dental board accused of corruption

Approximately 10 dentists, dental hygienists, and others have accused the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners and its outside counsel of corruption, according to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The dental professionals voiced their concerns at a November 8 meeting of the board, saying they were pressured to acknowledge wrongdoing and pay money to the dental board after patients complained. Some also accused attorney John Hunt, the dental board's outside counsel, of benefiting from the collected money.

Hunt defended the current patient-complaint process, reiterating that the dentists and hygienists entered into the stipulation agreements willingly.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he has heard anger over the stipulation agreements in previous board meetings and in letters, and he suggested that it's time for the dental board to address the problem with the patient-complaint process.

Meanwhile, the $500,000 increase to Hunt's contract being considered by the dental board has been postponed.

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