El Paso man arrested for practicing dentistry without a license
POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 2:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:53pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — An area dentist found himself behind bars this morning after the El Paso Police Department alleges that he was practicing dentistry without a license for almost three years.
Richard Montoya, 63, whose office is located at 2507 E. Yandell in the Five Points was arrested at his office Thursday morning by detectives with EPPD's Financial Crimes Unit. According to a police spokesperson, a complaint was filed with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) on June 3, 2013 by a patient who was unhappy about dental services Montoya provided.
While processing the complaining against Montoya, the TSBDE discovered that Montoya had his license revoked by the TSBDE on April 15, 2011 but he had continued to practice dentistry in the El Paso area.
EPPD located Montoya at his office Thursday morning and placed him under arrest on six counts of Dentistry Act Violation. His bonds total $30,000. EPPD emphasizes that this is an open investigation and invites citizens to contact police if they have any questions regarding the case.
According to EPPD, patients are not considered the victim in this case. The TSBDE is considered the victim and the board will be following up on the charges related to this case.
NewsChannel 9 was able to obtain copies of Montoya's disciplinary records from the TSBDE, which indicates that Montoya's license was revoked in 2011 after he failed to complete continuing education which was required as part of a previous disciplinary action from 2006. Montoya also failed to pay a fine imposed as required as part of his disciplinary action.
The records also show that Montoya's license had previously been suspended in 1997, 2003 and 2006. He had also been disciplined for practicing with a suspended license from September 1, 2004 through January 12, 2005 and then again from September 1, 2010 through October 1, 2010.
Some of the original allegations against Montoya include allegations of improper medical record keeping along with a patient who alleged that Montoya failed to provide quality dental treatment stemming from a root canal and crown restoration.