Pair accused of performing dental services without license in Buckeye
PHOENIX — Police said they arrested a man and a woman last week for providing dental services without a license in a West Valley home.
German Alexander Valdez, 34, and Nadieza Tzitziki Pulido, 33, were taken into custody at Valdez’s home near Jackrabbit Trail and McDowell Road in Buckeye, according to ABC15 Arizona.
The pair allegedly performed teeth cleanings and extractions on immigrants living in the country illegally who did not have insurance.
Cleaning teeth without a license is a misdemeanor, while performing extractions without one is a felony.
According to the TV station, police became aware of the situation in October, and an informant took video of the pair’s “unkempt, dilapidated and dirty” equipment.
The informant was told it would cost $200 for a tooth extraction and $2,000 for a set of crowns, with anesthesia administered before the procedure and painkillers provided afterward.
The Mesa Police Department and Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.