Unregistered dentist imprisoned for fraud and actual bodily harm

Unregistered dentist imprisoned for fraud and actual bodily harm

26 Sep 2016

A  unregistered dentist from Hull, practising under the name of a former colleague, has been sented to five and a half years in prison. 

Ronnie Barogiannis, 43, admitted fraud and five counts of causing actual bodily harm. Although he had qualified in dentistry in Sweden, In 2013 Barogiannis became the first dentist in Scotland to be prosecuted for practising illegally, having failed to register his practice with the GDC. From there he moved to Yorkshire, where he began working under an assumed name.

In October 2014, he was arrested and released on bail, but fled the country and wasn’t arrested again until March 2016, when he was tracked to Sweden.

The police investigation, which saw officers interview some 700 patients, found he was paid almost £50,000 for his illegal work in the UK.

Detective Constable Lucy Khan, of Humbershide Police, who worked on the case for almost two years, said: "He caused permanent damage and a lot of trauma and there are people who won't go back to the dentist now because of him."

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