Former California dentist pleads guilty using false name to practice dentistry: 5 things to know


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Former Coronado, Calif., dentist Robert Mansueto pled guilty to practicing dentistry while unlicensed with the risk of bodily harm and practicing under a false name, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

Here are five things to know.

1. Mr. Mansueto lost his dental license in California more than 10 years ago due to negligence and incompetence.

2. After Mr. Mansueto lost his license, he began practicing under the name Dr. Bob Franco. He would lure patients to travel to Mexico with him for dental procedures.

3. Undercover as a patient, an officer spoke with Mr. Mansueto. The dentist offered to take the undercover to Tijuana, Mexico where Mr. Mansueto would then place dental implants.

The undercover officer relayed the information to the Dental Board of California. The board confronted Mr. Mansueto and an arrest followed.

4. Mr. Mansueto is also expected to plead guilty to burglary, forgery and theft. He is alleged to have deposited two checks, one $640,999 and the other $156,000, after altering the payee to be his own company.

5. The former dentist faces up to seven years in prison. His sentencing will take place June 15.

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