A man who posed as a dentist and performed surgery on patients has been forced to pay up $60,000.
Majid Rahebi was convicted on Friday for falsely operating as a dentist outside of his business on Fairfield Road at Guildford in Sydney’s west.
Even though Rahebi had never registered as a dentist or other health practitioner in Australia, that didn’t stop him from performing root canal treatments, crowns and tooth extractions.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said he administered prescription medications and anesthetics.
It also confirmed Rahebi had no formal dental qualifications.
AHPRA went on to charge him with 44 counts of falsely representing he as a registered dentist and 31 counts of performing a restricted dental act earlier this year in May.
While he had no qualifications in Australia, Nine News reported Rahebi was registered as a dental technician in Iran.
He had previously employed Australia-qualified dentists when he settled in the country.
NSW Health Care Complaints Commission had prohibited him from performing any paid or unpaid dental work since early October.
AHPRA chief executive Martin Fletcher told Fairfax Media it was a terrible example of malpractice.
‘To represent that you are a registered dental practitioner, operate a business that supports that lie and carry out restricted dental acts that may endanger the public, is not behaviour that goes unchecked.’
Rahebi pleaded guilty to all charges and ordered to pay $30,000.
His company MJ Dental Care Pty Ltd was convicted and ordered to pay $11,250 for presenting Rahebi as a qualified dentist.
Rahebi was also ordered to pay legal costs of almost $20,000.