State Authorities On The Hunt For Unlicensed Dentist

Saturday, October 28th 2006, 7:56 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma Board of Dentistry officials believe a man may have been running an unlicensed dental practice in his south-central Tulsa apartment.

Franco Fransisco had been working on teeth and had a fake Oklahoma license hanging on his wall at the Copper Mill Apartments, Linda Campbell, director of the state Dentistry Board, said Friday.

Authorities heard about Fransisco after a news story by the News on 6, Campbell said. They can no longer find him.

Campbell signature featured on the fake license was forged, she said.

Fransisco has no license in the United States and may have gone to school in Mexico, although officials here cannot confirm that. Campbell said Fransisco's patients were Hispanic.

One patient told investigators that she went to an emergency room because of a problem that developed from an injection Fransisco administered to her, Campbell said.

``It places them at risk. They are sitting in a chair and letting people do things which are invasive, and they have no sanitation or sterilization going on,'' Campbell said.

Charlie Price, spokesman for Attorney General Drew Edmondson, said his office is working with the dental board to guide them through the legal proceedings against Fransisco.

Anyone who had work done by Fransisco should call the dentistry board at 405-524-9037, Campbell said.