North Port police bust alleged fake dentistry practice

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North Port police say a tip led them to a pair practicing dentistry from their home without a license.

Police say the couple set up an office at a home on South San Mateo Drive, where the living room was turned into a waiting room and the garage was the dental office.

Now the couple faces felony charges of practicing dentistry without a license and conspiring to commit a third-degree felony.

The investigation, later named Operation Extraction, started in November 2018 when a tip was submitted to the state department of health, which then contacted the North Port Police Department about the suspected unlicensed dental work.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Enrique S. Gravier and his wife, Adriana G. Hoyos, kept a client book in their home and they only took appointments from Spanish-speaking people. The affidavit says many of the patients were undocumented immigrants.

Investigators say the couple performed extractions, gave patients braces, crowns, and other dental work. They also were allegedly not paying taxes and did not carry medical insurance. 

An undercover detective was able to make an appointment and said they witnessed the fully-functional dental practice.

Photos from the scene show multiple items of evidence marked with yellow number cards, sitting on top of a black couch. Another photo shows a room with black reclining chairs next to what appears to be dental equipment on a rolling cart.

Near the wall, a folding tray table holds a TV and an electronic box of some kind.

Police arrested 48-year-old Enrique Gravier and 47-year-old Adriana Hoyos Gutierrez the morning of Feb. 19.