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Roselle and Linden Men Arrested for Performing Unlicensed Dentistry

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Jorge Renteria-Paz, 46, of Roselle Arrested for Performing Unlicensed Dentistry in Linden. Credits: Union County Prosecutors Office
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Hector Carro, 73 of Linden Arrested for Performing Unlicensed Dentistry in Linden. Credits: Union County Prosecutors Office
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LINDEN, NJ - Jorge Renteria-Paz, 46, of Roselle and Hector Carro, 73, of Linden have been charged with performing dentistry without a license in Linden. 

Renteria-Paz and Carro were both charged on Wednesday with unlawful practice of dentistry, a third-degree crime according to Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. 

Led by Prosecutor’s Office Detective Rudolfo Correia, the investigation revealed that Renteria-Paz and Carro were illegally performing dentistry work out of two residential apartments in Linden, one on the 20 block of West Elizabeth Avenue and the other on the 100 block of Chandler Avenue.

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Search warrants were executed at those two locations on Tuesday, when numerous pieces of dental equipment were seized, including various tools, a handheld X-ray machine, sterilization equipment, and more than $20,000 in cash. Carro and Renteria-Paz were arrested without incident and later released pending a first appearance in Union County Superior Court scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23.

An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit was initiated via a referral by the Linden Police Department last year, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Barnes, who is prosecuting the case. The referral involved a woman who said she had paid the two defendants nearly $1,000 over the course of several patient visits, after which she developed a severe oral infection, Barnes said.

“Those who perform dental or medical work without a license in New Jersey don’t just illegally profit from their schemes by exploiting some of our most vulnerable citizens; too often they also place the health of their client-victims in jeopardy with substandard techniques and sterilization methods. Moreover, there are safe, inexpensive, legal treatment alternatives readily available,” acting Prosecutor Monahan said. “These arrests represent a firm commitment on the part of this Office to safeguard the citizens of Union County from being exposed to such danger.” 

All of the defendants’ known patients were undocumented residents without insurance; however, pursuant to Section II of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2007-03, “no State, county, or local law enforcement officer shall inquire about or investigate the immigration status of any victim, witness, potential witness, or person requesting or receiving police assistance.”

Consumers who suspect that an unlicensed person is offering services that only a licensed dentist can legally perform can contact the New Jersey Board of Dentistry at 973-504-6405 to alert authorities.

New Jersey residents on limited budgets who are in need of dental services can contact a local community health clinic; a statewide registry of such clinics can be accessed online at www.state.nj.us/health/fhs/oral/documents/dental_directory.pdf.

Both men were charged with unlawful practice of dentistry, a third-degree crime. Convictions on third-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by three to five years in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about the activities of these two defendants is being urged to contact Detective Correia at 908-418-5800.

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