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Women accused of doing unlicensed dental work

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 10:10:13-04

Authorities say two Phoenix-area women have been arrested for allegedly performing unlicensed dental work on five unsuspecting victims at an office in Glendale.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday that 45-year-old Melissa Pavey and 38-year-old Jolene Houchens are accused of performing unlicensed dental procedures including tooth extractions by utilizing drills, lasers and surgical tools.
    
Authorities say Pavey and Houchens have never been licensed as a dentist.
    
According to an indictment, the two women billed victims thousands of dollars to perform the illegal dental procedures.
    
The two also are accused of stealing the identity of a dentist by unlawfully using his prescription pad to write a prescription for one of the victims.
    
It's unclear if either Pavey or Houchens has legal representation yet.