Fake Dentist Pleads Guilty in Orange County
Esteban Campos, 47 of Buena Park has pleaded guilty to a felony county of possession for distribution of a controlled substance, obtaining a public benefit aid by misrepresentation over $400, one misdemeanor count of practicing dentistry without a valid license. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 5 years of probation. Campos was also ordered to pay restitution, fines and prevented from working in the dental field.
Campos was a registered dental assistant until his license expired in 2007. He was practicing at Steven's Dental Lab in Buena Park, telling patients he was a dentist. He performed dental exams, gave diagnoses and recommended oral surgery and braces. Department of Consumer affairs received a complaint which opened an investigation into Campos. During an undercover operation, Campos represented himself to investigators as a dentist.