Hinojosa received prison time because “she was much more culpable,” Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.
“She is the one who held herself out as a dentist and was performing the actual dental and orthodontic procedures,” Rowland said.
Hinojosa, also known as “Dr. Liz” by her victims, was a dental assistant and her daughter was a receptionist in Oklahoma City, where the alleged incidents took place between Sept. 1, 2010, and May 26, 2011.
Investigators with the state dental board alleged Hinojosa and her daughter performed unlicensed dental work on at least 22 adults and children, posing as dentists after hours and, if paid in cash, offered their services to uninsured customers who spoke little English
“The individuals were led to believe I was a dentist and only consented to a dentist treating them,” Hinojosa wrote.
The dentists Hinojosa worked for spoke no Spanish, and they relied on her or her daughter to translate for patients during procedures and to set appointments. But the women scheduled appointments after the offices closed and forwarded office calls to their personal phones, investigators said.
“… I aided Elizabeth Hinojosa in arranging after-hours appointments and diverting patients, monies and supplies which were used in the procedures …,” Orozco wrote.