Dentist Receives Prison Sentence After Ignoring Suspension
The British Association of Clinical Dental Technicians (BACDT) react to the court hearing of a British dentist who has been sentenced to seven weeks imprisonment after failing to abide to the rules of his suspension.
A UK dentist has been sentenced to seven weeks imprisonment for continuing to work after being struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC).
Mr Amir Kamburov was removed from the country’s dental register with immediate effect on 11 July 2012 and despite lodging an appeal against the decision, he remained suspended from practicing dentistry in the UK.
The GDC, along with the Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police Drugs Directorate decided to to bring the case to court after allegations that Mr Kamburov continued to practicing dentistry despite his suspension.
On Friday 7th December 2012 Mr Kamburov pleaded guilty at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court in London to fraud by false representation and to practicing dentistry unlawfully. He was remanded for Community Reports.
However despite the initial court hearing, a further complaint was received that Mr Kamburov continued to practice dentistry. As a result the former dental professional was re-arrested and charged with an offence of fraud by misrepresentation and two offences of unlawfully practicing dentistry. On Friday 21 December 2012 he pleaded guilty to all three offences and was remanded until Friday 28 December 2012 for sentencing.
Mr Kamburov was sentenced to three weeks imprisonment on the first fraud offence and four weeks imprisonment on the second, both to be served consecutively. No separate penalty was imposed in relation to the charges for unlawfully practicing dentistry.
The British Association of Clinical Dental Technicians (BACDT), which promotes the awareness of illegal dentistry across the UK through the organisations website (http://dentureprofessionals.org.uk), were shocked by Mr Kamburov’s persistence of continuing to work within the dental profession despite his suspension.
Speaking on behalf of the BACDT, Richard Daniels CEO stated, “Mr Kamburov’s decision to continue to ignore his suspension from the GDC’s dental registry was not only an act of illegal dentistry but potentially put many patients at risk.
“We agree with the court’s strict decision of imposing imprisonment and hope it delivers a strong message to others across the UK. Our advice to patients is to ensure every dental professional they see is a registered member of the GDC.”The
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