NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A Queens man was arraigned on Thursday for allegedly practicing dentistry out of a White Plains storefront without a license, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam Rocah and White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong announced on Friday.
White Plains police initiated an investigation after a victim reported to police that Cesar Masso, 78, allegedly performed tooth extractions and placed a dental bridge that fell out, causing the victim discomfort and pain.
The victim also received an injected numbing agent and pills for pain management and paid Masso thousands of dollars in cash for dental examinations, evaluations and the treatment between October 2019 and April 2020, officials said.
Masso was arrested by White Plains police on March 9, and arraigned on March 16, in White Plains City Court where he was charged with three counts of unauthorized practice of a profession for allegedly providing, dental services without a license, including examinations, tooth extractions, anesthetics, pain management, X-rays, and cleanings to patients at a business he set up as East Post Dental located at 169 Grand Street in White Plains.
Masso accepted payments in cash or check, authorities said.
"The alleged crime of illegally practicing dentistry and providing pain medication without a license is very serious, " said DA Rocah. "As our investigation continues, we ask anyone who may have been a patient of the defendant to contact us or the White Plains police."
Law enforcement officials seized several dentistry tools and equipment, local anesthetics, antibiotics, and patient files from East Post Dental.
The tools are being analyzed to identify other possible victims or witnesses, prosecutors said.
"Practicing any kind of medical procedure without a license is a dangerous crime. We’re happy to work with the DA’s Office in taking this alleged fraud off the streets. We ask members of the community who may have information about this defendant to please contact our White Plains detectives or the DA’s Office," Commissioner Chong said.
Anyone who may have been a patient of East Post Dental or may have information about the defendant can contact the DA’s Office at (914) 995-TIPS (8477) or White Plains Public Safety at (914) 422-6256.