Fla. dental hygienist arrested for posing as dentist

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The Florida attorney general's office arrested a dental hygienist on March 5 for reportedly illegally practicing as an unlicensed dentist.

Julio Suarez allegedly performed unlicensed and unauthorized procedures on patients, which defrauded the Medicaid program out of more than $8,000, according to Attorney General Ashley Moody.

For more than two years, Suarez allegedly worked as an unlicensed dentist for Art Dental Services, performing dental services and procedures on unwitting and unsuspecting patients, according to the complaint. Suarez then billed Medicaid for these services.

He is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a second-degree felony, and one count of grand theft, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Suarez could serve a prison sentence for up to 15 years and be forced to pay up to $10,000 in fines.

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