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Woman Accused Of Posing As A Dentist And Committing Insurance Fraud For Years
"My neck was like the size of a tennis ball. It was closing in on my throat," one patient said of the alleged phony practitioner's botched procedure.
A Georgia woman is accused of practicing unlicensed dentistry for six years, with at least one of her procedures leaving a duped patient hospitalized, prosecutors said.
Krista Szewczyk, 47, was indicted on over 40 counts of practicing dentistry without a license, three counts of unlawful prescription, one count of forgery in the first degree and four counts of insurance fraud, WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported on Tuesday.
The phony practitioner also prescribed dangerous drugs to her patients throughout the six-year operation, authorities said.
More charges could be pending as more victims come forward, according to state officials.
“There are numerous new victims that are now under investigation, and we’ll have to follow up on those allegations and determine whether to re-present it to the grand jury,” prosecutor Matthew Rollins told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We’ll keep on fielding those calls and investigating the allegations as they come in.”
One alleged victim, David Marsh, told WSB-TV in Atlanta that Szewczyk pulled some of his teeth in 2017 — and the procedure landed him in the emergency room.
"My neck was like the size of a tennis ball. It was closing in on my throat. My wife took me to the ER and they said I had to be rushed to ... have emergency surgery. That’s where they cut the abscess, put a tube in through my mouth, through my neck for everything to drain out,” he said.
Marsh said he would like to see Szewczyk serve jail time.
Szewczyk, who operated County Dental Providers, denies the allegations.
“It's definitely a personal vendetta for the D.A investigator. ... Sad situation ... and I'm confident it will be handled in a timely manner,” she told WGCL-TV.
[Photo: Cobb County Adult Detention Center]