This dentist doesn’t take insurance. A 32-year-old man had a thriving dental practice operating out of a home near Melrose Park, but Cook County sheriff’s police said he lacked one important item: a medical license.
Special Ops Unit officers got a tip about the dental practice, but when they tried to set up an appointment, a receptionist said nothing was open for a week because of the full schedule of patients, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
When an undercover officer was waiting for her appointment in the home, she saw a previous patient leave after getting a root canal procedure, the sheriff’s office said.
Officers then entered the home and found an entire dental office set up inside, with a chair, lights, tools, syringes, an X-ray machine and more.
The alleged dentist, Alberto Nunez, of Chicago, told officers that he had attended a dental school in Mexico City, but he could not provide documentation that he had completed the course and he was not licensed to practice dentistry in Illinois, according to the sheriff’s office. He was to appear in court the first week of September.