AG: Pair accused of practicing dentistry without a license in Buckeye

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 19:41:05-05

BUCKEYE, AZ — The Arizona Attorney General's office has charged a man and woman with providing dental services -- including extractions and crowns -- without a license out of a West Valley home.

Investigators say 34-year-old German Alexander Valdez and 33-year-old Nadieza Tzitziki Pulido were arrested on February 28 at Valdez's home office near Jackrabbit Trail and McDowell Road.

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In October 2018, law enforcement became aware of the pair practicing dentistry out of a home in Buckeye. They allegedly catered to undocumented immigrants without insurance, and were regularly performing teeth cleanings and extractions.

Investigators with Mesa police and agents with the Department of Homeland Security reviewed undercover video and audio that reportedly showed dental equipment that appeared, "unkempt, dilapidated and dirty."

The video also showed families inside the home, including children, waiting for dental services.

The undercover informant was allegedly quoted $200 for a tooth extraction and $2,000 for a set of crowns. They were also reportedly told they would get anesthesia before and pain killers after the procedure.

Court records show that teeth cleaning without a license is a misdemeanor, while tooth extractions are a felony.

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