'Fake Dentist,' Accused Accomplice Surrender To OKC Police


Monday, September 10th 2012, 7:19 pm
By: News 9


A fake dentist and her accomplice gave themselves up Monday after more than a week on the run.

The two walked in and bonded out of the Oklahoma County jail Monday morning.

The mother and daughter duo are accused of botching dental work on dozens of patients in the metro and doing it without a license. The accused imposters listened to the charges against them even as investigators collect more evidence of their alleged scam.

9/1/2012 Related Story: Authorities Warn Of Fake Dentist Botching Dental Work In OKC

Elizabeth Hinojosa, also known as Dr. Liz, remained tight-lipped, but her former patients are not.

The accusations against Hinojosa and her daughter, Monica Salazar-Orozco, include illegally performing root canals, injecting patients with anesthetics, forging prescriptions, and in extreme cases, stuffing root canals with cotton or advising patients to use gum to hold braces in place.

9/1/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma Board Alleges Woman Practiced Dentistry Without License

The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry says its investigators are currently working with more than 50 patients duped by Hinojosa's unlicensed dental practice.

Dental Board investigators say Hinojosa's scam, not only led to infections or permanent loss of teeth, but could have been deadly for the patients.

Investigators have obtained receipts from some of the cash transactions between Hinojosa and her patients.

With new evidence emerging, the Dental Board expects additional charges to be filed.

Right now both women are charged with practicing dentistry without a license.

Hinojosa faces additional charges for embezzlement, forgery, and medical battery related to the case.

Both women are out on $20,000 bond.