Friday, June 7, 2013
|State's lawsuit against Edelmiro Alcocer and Jesus Garcia|
|Temporary injunction against Alcocer and Garcia|
The State’s enforcement action, filed with a Hidalgo County district court on May 21, charged Alcocer and Garcia with violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Dental Practice Act. According to state investigators, the defendants offered and performed multiple complicated dental procedures to low income clients in South Texas despite the fact that neither Alcocer nor Garcia were adequately trained or licensed in dentistry in Texas.
State investigators discovered that the defendants referred patients to each other and performed dental procedures that included filling and/or extracting teeth, making and fitting dentures, injecting pain medication and adding braces. After completing the dental procedures, the defendants unlawfully wrote medication prescriptions for their patients. Further endangering patients’ health and safety, Alcocer and Garcia conducted the unlawful dental services out of their residences in Mission, Texas residences that were not suitably equipped for dental procedures.
The State’s enforcement action seeks civil penalties and a permanent injunction against the defendants and their unlawful dentistry practice.