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Fake dentist who distributed narcotics gets 30 days in jail

November 8, 2012 |  5:00 pm

A Buena Park man who pretended to be a dentist and dispensed narcotics to patients has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Esteban Campos falsely represented himself as a dentist at Steven’s Dental Lab in Buena Park by performing dental exams and diagnoses and also by administering narcotics such as Soma, Vicodin and morphine to patients, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

When two investigators visited the dental lab, Campos, 47, performed dental exams, recommended oral surgery and braces, and scheduled return appointments, prosecutors said.

He quoted prices ranging from $65 to $2,000 to investigators, according to prosecutors.

Investigators said they also found a large inventory of narcotics and other prescription drugs, which Campos gave to patients.

Campos failed to report the money from his illicit dental practice while also receiving more than $6,600 in food stamps and benefits.

Campos, a former dental assistant, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of possession for distribution of a controlled substance, one felony count of obtaining public benefit aid by misrepresentation over $400 and one misdemeanor count of practicing dentistry without a valid license.

In addition to jail time, Campos was sentenced to five years formal probation, fined and ordered not to  practice dentistry during his probation.

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