A dental hygienist who worked at a North Carolina dentist for two years has been arrested on charges that he stole from patients.
The man, a 33-year-old from the Dixie State, has been charged with two counts of felony theft.
The charges come after dental hydrants in North Carolina were shut down by state lawmakers and regulators in recent weeks after it became known that a handful of dentists were selling tooth extractions.
The complaints against the man came from two dentists and the dentists told investigators they had not sold dental extractions to patients in the past, according to a criminal complaint filed in North Dakota.
The complaint says the man also allegedly stole from the state of North Carolina $6,200 worth of dental implants, $4,000 worth of other items and $5,000 in dental equipment.
The investigation began after a complaint was filed by the North Carolina Dental Society in March.
The dental hygiants were shuttered after the state legislature passed legislation requiring the dental hygiene industry to provide a “comprehensive dental plan.”
It also prohibited dentists from charging patients for procedures that they did not perform.
The dentists in question said the dentistry industry should be responsible for all costs incurred and the practice should not be considered “a free lunch,” according to the complaint.
The state’s attorney general’s office declined to comment on the case.