A woman from Georgia has been charged in two counties for allegedly practicing dentistry without a license.
The Paulding County Grand Jury charged Krista Szewczyk with 48 indictments, including practising dentistry without a license, unlawful prescriptions, forgery, and insurance fraud, the American Journal-Constitution reported.
Szewczyk allegedly posed as a dentist for at least seven years through her dental administration business called County Dental Providers, which began in Dallas in Paulding County in 2011.
Ever since reports of Szewczyk’s arrest in Cobb County were made public on Aug. 23, more victims have contacted investigators to report that they had also received treatment from Szewczyk, WSB-TV reported.
According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia Composite Medical Board and Secretary of State’s Office, licensed dentists are allowed to practice in the office of dental administration businesses, but Szewczyk was not a licensed dentist, the AJC reported.
Szewczyk was first accused of performing dental procedures illegally in 2012. The District Attorney decided not to pursue the case as there was a conflict of interest with Szewczyk’s husband who was a Paulding Sheriff’s Deputy. Instead, Szewczyk was offered to take a pre-trial diversion program, which involved community service and attending classes and would have allowed Szewczyk to avoid prosecution upon completion of the program.
But “unfortunately, it appears from our dates, she did not abide by the terms of the pre-trial agreement,” Paulding’s Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Rollins told AJC.
In 2017, Szewczyk closed her business in Paulding County and re-opened it in Marietta, Cobb County.
Rollins said that there are at least 18 victims, some of them with damaged teeth, WSB-TV reported.
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The lead investigator said that it is likely more charges will be filed.
Authorities in Cobb County and Paulding County are currently involved in the investigations, CBS46 reported.