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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PARTNERS WITH MIAMI-DADE POLICE IN FIGHT AGAINST UNLICENSED ACTIVITY
~Arrest and citation issued for unlicensed practice of dentistry~
TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced that a joint investigation with the Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD) Economic Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of Jesus Lopez Rodriguez in connection with the unlicensed practice of dentistry, a third-degree felony. The initial complaint received from an anonymous Miami Dade Crime Stoppers tip alleged that Rodriguez was practicing dentistry at his Miami residence. It was further alleged Rodriguez was sexually assaulting females as they sought treatment from him. DOH has issued a cease and desist order, along with a citation for the unlicensed practice of dentistry.
“We do not tolerate the unlicensed practice of dentistry in Florida,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “The Department is committed to protecting the people of Florida and preventing harm inflicted by imposters.”
Controlled phone calls were made to the defendant by undercover investigators with DOH and the MDPD, where Rodriguez stated that he charged a fee of $50.00 for a dental cleaning which was later referred to as a “car wash.” The defendant further explained that after an examination, he could perform other, more complex, dental procedures.
Evidence found in today’s operation includes a dental chair, controlled substances, patient appointment book and dental tools, which were seized by MDPD. Jesus Rodriguez was arrested and charged on Dec. 4, with the unlicensed practice of dentistry, proprietorship by non-dentist, as well as possession of controlled substances with intent to sell/distribute.
J.D. Patterson, Acting Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, stated “The safety and concern for the citizens of Miami-Dade County are always paramount to the Miami-Dade Police Department. To this end, this arrest reinforces that we will not tolerate unlicensed medical activity.”
The Department of Health commits to full partnership with the Miami-Dade Police Department as they pursue this matter criminally. The defendant has been charged and will move through the criminal justice process accordingly.
The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) is committed to ensuring that all of Florida’s licensed health care practitioners place the health and safety of patients first and foremost.
The Department of Health urges consumers to verify the licensure status of all health care providers before seeking medical treatment. Please visit http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/mqaservices/flhealth_index.asp to confirm that a health care practitioner is actively licensed in Florida and view applicable disciplinary history. Any individual may report suspected unlicensed activity to the Department at 1-877-425-8852 or visit www.FLHealthSource.com.
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