Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged two Texas men with unlawfully practicing dentistry in their homes, according to a news release from the Texas Attorney General’s Office today, Friday, June 7. Abbott, who is known to be interested in the governor’s office, obtained a temporary injunction against defendants Edelmiro Alcocer and Jesus Garcia ordering them to not violate state laws that protect Texans from unlicensed dentists.
Abbott has agreed not to run against Rick Perry for governor, but there are reports the current governor is interested in the White House which could leave the door open for the native Wichitan.
Investigators determined that the defendants referred patients to each other and performed dental procedures that included filling and extracting teeth. They are also suspected of making and fitting dentures, injecting pain medication and installing braces. After completing the dental procedures the two allegedly ventured into the profession of pharmacy as they unlawfully wrote prescriptions for their patients.
Neither Alcocer nor Garcia were licensed to practice dentistry in the Lone Star State.
Abbott instructed his office to charge the two unlicensed dentists with violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Texas Dental Practice Act.
The men were also accused of performing dental procedures in their homes in Mission, Texas which were not suitably equipped for dental procedures.
Abbott has made a name for himself in many areas including the prosecution of Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints leaders for sexually assaulting underage girls at the Yearning For Zion Ranch near San Angelo, Texas. The national news media descended on West Texas for the string of successful prosecutions by the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
His name has become a household word across Texas and makes him the natural successor to the governor’s mansion if Perry decides to make a bid to change his residence from Austin to Washington D.C.
Perry may make an announcement as to his political plans following completion of the special session of the Texas Legislature.
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