Man Facing Charges For Practicing Unlicensed Dentistry In Basement

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - A denture-maker who tried to perform dental surgery in his basement faces charges that he practiced dentistry without a license.

Medina City Prosecutor Sharlene Zee said George Boskocevic, 49, of Hinckley Township, had illegally worked on teeth, according to a state investigator who filed charges in Medina Municipal Court.

He frequently practiced dentistry in his basement last year, investigators said.

Boskocevic described himself as a self-employed dental technician who makes dentures and crowns and who helped relatives and "people down on their luck," The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Thursday.

Most had no dental insurance and few paid him, he said.

Boskocevic became the focus of the state dental board after a complaint from a Parma dentist who saw Angelina Cincevski, 21, after her root canal procedure in Boskocevic's basement.

Boskocevic, who said he studied dentistry in Europe, said family and immigrants who could not afford to pay a dentist often asked for his help and he said he rarely turned them away.

Boskocevic is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 25 on three counts each of practicing dentistry without a license and possession of criminal tools, which police described as dental instruments. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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