WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -

A West Palm Beach dentist is accused of hiring an unlicensed dental hygienist and allowing her to work on 71 different children.

Thomas Floyd is charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, one count of grand theft and one count of employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license, all third-degree felonies.

According to the Florida Attorney General, Floyd, 61, surrendered himself to police Friday.

According to investigators, between 2008 and 2012, Floyd employed an unlicensed dental hygienist and allowed her to perform root cleaning and scaling on 71 children.

“Employing a person to perform duties outside the scope of their license and billing Medicaid for those services is endangering patients and stealing from the Medicaid program,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines.