A fake dentist in Texas pulled out five teeth from an unsuspecting patient, causing her to get an infection, and has been arrested.

Mario Sabillon-Mejia Arrested For Pretending To Be Dentist

Mario Sabillon-Mejia, 33, and his accomplice, Tiffany Gonzalez, 41, have been arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license and drug possession. They are currently being held in the Dallas County jail as police continue their investigation and search for more victims.

Sabillon-Mejia and Gonzalez were caught after a victim came to the police, claiming she contacted Sabillon-Mejia at the recommendation of a Facebook friend. The victim, Erika Martinez, does not have dental insurance, and agreed to have Sabillon-Mejia and Gonzalez, who masqueraded as his assistant, come to her home. “She tell me he’s nice. He’s professional,” Martinez told News 8.

Martinez reportedly agreed to pay Sabillon-Mejia $500 for an initial exam, another $500 to get her teeth removed and yet another $500 for a follow-up visit – only $1,500 compared to the $9,000 she says she would have had to pay at a clinic. It’s unclear exactly how much Martinez ended up paying the fake dentist and his fake assistant. Upon their second meeting, Martinez claimed that Sabillon-Mejia gave her unknown medicine for the pain and then began pulling out her teeth. When she asked him to stop, she claimed he held her down and continued, pulling out five teeth in total. Martinez went to the hospital the following day and said she suffered “a lot of pain and a lot of infection.”

It wasn’t until a week later that Martinez went to the police, after Sabillon-Mejia allegedly came to her home and demanded $500. “She was having some real problems with infection and bleeding. She finally decided that she needed to report this,” said Lt. Tony Crawford, who is conducting the investigation.

According to Crawford, police found 11 vials of carbocaine and 49 vials of lidocaine, both anesthetics used in dentistry, when they went to arrest Sabillon-Mejia and Gonzalez. Police also retrieved what they believe is a patient registry with about 50 names in it and dental molds that appear to be from other victims. It is believed that Sabillon-Mejia has been offering his illegal services in Dallas and Houston. The Dallas Police Department made a public plea for other victims to come forward during a press conference this week.

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