Luz Angela Maria Rios-Ossa of Davie, Florida was arrested Tuesday after she was accused of operating an unlicensed dental clinic out of her home, news sources report. Ossa, 49, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of practicing dentistry without a license. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail bond. Reports did not say whether Ossa has hired a lawyer.
According to reports, Ossa’s husband, John Collazos, was arrested late last year after he was also accused of operating a dental clinic without a license. Collazos’s clinic had been based off State Road 7 in Davie, sources say. Collazos was arrested after he allegedly made sexually illicit comments to a patient and touched her in an inappropriate matter.
Reports say Ossa had been operating her unlicensed clinic out of her home on Southwest 49th Street in Davie. Ossa reportedly remodeled a room to serve as a waiting room and set up a bedroom as the examination room. The bedroom contained a dental chair and dental tools, including syringes, pliers, and anesthesia.
Police learned of the illegal operation after one of Ossa’s patients filed a report. The patient said she had gone to Ossa’s home for an examination, during which time Ossa told the patient that she needed several fillings, a metal cap replaced, and a gap between her front teeth closed. Ossa allegedly began preparing a syringe with anesthesia, but the patient became uneasy and left.
Police obtained a search warrant and went to Ossa’s home, where they reportedly found the remodeled bedroom full of dentistry equipment. “You have to be real careful [when operating a dental clinic]. There are sanitation requirements that need to be followed,” a police spokesperson said. “[Poor sanitation] can be life-threatening.” It is not clear whether anyone was injured as a result of the practice; it remains to be seen whether anyone will file for damages.
According to Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, fraudsters operate phony dental clinics for a number of reasons, but mainly do so to inflate insurance claims. Many of these fraudsters will conduct simple operations, such as teeth cleanings, but charge insurance companies for pricier operations that they didn’t actually perform, the coalition indicates. This type of fraud can raise insurance costs, which ultimately affects clients.
In other news, Anthony Bruce Berry of Lake Worth was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of performing an inappropriate act in the presence of a K-Mart employee, reports say. Berry, 57, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct. A judge ordered that he be held on a $501 bond. It is not yet known whether Berry has hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred at around 4:00 Tuesday evening at a K-Mart in Lake Worth. Berry approached an employee on her break outside of the store and asked her for a smoke and a light. The employee gave him a cigarette, and Berry allegedly began to “grind” on a curb, make sexual noises, and touch himself inappropriately. “While [Berry] was fondling himself, I was very uncomfortable and felt violated,” the employee reportedly told police officers after the incident.