Kissimmee man arrested for practicing unlicensed dentistry out of home, cops say

By Erica Rakow, Reporter, erakow@wkmg.com
Rachel Williams, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: Jun 11 2014 12:24:41 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 11 2014 11:58:15 PM EDT

A Kissimmee man has posted bond after being arrested for practicing an unlicensed dentistry out of his home and for possessing certain drugs with the intent to dispense or deliver.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -

A Kissimmee man arrested for practicing an unlicensed dentistry out of his home and for possessing certain drugs with the intent to dispense or deliver, has been released from jail on bond.

Gustavo Hernan Aranguren, 43, was released just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Aranguren made a phone call in the jail lobby and then sprinted out the door, towards John Young Parkway and then jumped into a waiting car.

Local 6 tried asking Aranguren why he was allegedly practicing dentistry in his home without a license but Aranguren did not say anything as he ran from our camera.

The Osceola County Investigation Bureau began investigating in January after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint that Aranguren was possibly practicing dentistry out of his home without a valid license. His home is located at 279 Coralwood Court in Kissimmee, where agents found equipment he used to conduct dental procedures.

Investigators said Aranguren tried getting a license to practice dentistry for 12 years. Aranguren admitted to treating 15-20 individuals for dental services, despite not obtaining a license. He told agents majority of his work was in orthodontics.

Mark NeJame is representing Aranguren and released this statement to Local 6: "Unlike the typical case where someone does not have background or professional training, that situation does not exist here. He has actually helped many who are poor, who otherwise would not have funds for dental care."

The Florida Department of Health confirmed Aranguren is not licensed to practice dentistry in Florida.

According to the news release, Aranguren cooperated with the investigation and turned himself in to the Orange County Jail Tuesday.

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