2 Valley Men Charged for Running Unlicensed Dentistry Scheme

A pair of Valley men have been charged with running a fraudulent scheme to target an elderly man to undergo a procedure by an unlicensed dentist.

Denis J. Froehlich and Howard Kenneth Smith were indicted on a charge of fraudulent schemes and artifices on February 19. The case was brought to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and recently unsealed after the two made an initial appearance in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Froehlich is facing additional charges of practicing dentistry without a license and aggravated assault for the botched dental work he did on 86-year-old Stanley Serklew in February 2017.

“As soon as I got out of the chair and looked in the mirror, I thought I looked like the remake of Frankenstein,” Serklew told ABC15 about when he noticed there were problems with his teeth.

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