Written by Cory Twibell: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
A helpful neighbor can be a great resource: lending some sugar, getting the mail while you’re on vacation and in one instance, pulling out that nagging tooth.
On April 25, Nassau County Third Squad detectives arrested New Cassel resident Manuel Carranza, 46, who had allegedly been practicing dentistry from his Grand Boulevard home without a license.
NCPD Detective Lieutenant Raymond Cote said in a press conference on April 25 that Carranza had no autoclave to sterilize his instruments, no formal medical or dental training and his highest level of education was the sixth grade, which he completed in his home country of Honduras. Carranza is an undocumented immigrant in the United States, according to Cote, who noted that Carranza was practicing the cash-only business for approximately 18 months.
“He has a price chart, if you would, for the types of services that he provides. It’s $20 to $30 for fillings, $50 for a root canal and if that doesn’t work, then he’ll extract your tooth for free. He makes the big money on the dentures that he’ll provide you, which is upwards from $150 to $300,” Cote said, adding, “I can’t emphasize how unclean and dirty this place is.”
Cote said Carranza likely treated a “great deal” of patients – likely more than a hundred – and maintained an “extensive amount of supplies,” including prescription medications.
Carranza was honest with police during his interrogation and admitted to using business cards to advertise his practice, according to Cote. The defendant claims not to have treated any minors, Cote noted.
“He’s an entrepreneur and he’s providing a service to people that could otherwise not afford to get dental care from a licensed practitioner, but certainly our concern is that there are people that are probably not in good health as a result of these services,” Cote said, who noted that Carranza would keep two stun-guns in his office for protection.
Carranza is being charged with unauthorized practice of a crime, possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree and criminal diversion of a prescription in the fourth degree. He was arraigned on April 26 in First District Court in Hempstead.