MOORPARK, Calif. (KTLA) — A Moorpark man was arrested after police say he used his apartment to practice dentistry without a license, converting his bathroom into a dental clinic.
William Escobar, 40, was arrested on Wednesday after a month-long investigation by Moorpark police and the California Dental Board.
The investigation began in November when one of his patients complained to police after Escobar allegedly threatened him for nonpayment of a bill.
Escobar had cleaned the man’s teeth, injected him with an anesthetic and examined him for extraction of a tooth, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The patient could not afford to have the tooth pulled. He “suffered swelling and pain at the injection site,” the release said.
Detectives searched Escobar’s apartment and found “an elaborate illegal dental operation,” complete with a dental chair, anesthetics, false teeth and orthodonture-type items.
Police said they found evidence Escobar had treated numerous people for dental problems and provided orthodontic care to teenagers.
He now faces a felony charge of practicing dentistry without a license, as well as misdemeanor charges of possessing needles and furnishing dangerous drugs.
Escobar was booked into Ventura County jail, where he was being held on $250,000 bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.