Fake dentistry suspect charged

Cristino Bravo charged with proprietorship by non-dentist

MIAMI - Police arrested a man accused of practicing dentistry without a license.

Police arrested Cristino Bravo on Tuesday. He is charged with proprietorship by a non-dentist.

According to an arrest affidavit, a bail bondsman arrived at 1260 SW 6th Street to search for another man. When he opened the door, he saw multiple dentistry devices inside the house.

Police reportedly found drills, teeth, dentures, tooth molds, and other medical devices.

Bravo, 72, told police he has practiced dentistry for 50 years and sold his services to several laboratories for $50, according to the arrest affidavit.

"He was living here 26 years, paying rent, no problem," said Izhak Wananau, Bravo's landlord. "We never had any complaints from anybody. We didn't know what he was doing."

"It is very disturbing. You never know what's going on. We can't keep track of everybody's problems," said David Wananau.

A man who said he was Bravo's brother said the suspect did nothing wrong.

"He says his brother is not a dentist but is just making something from the laboratory," said Izhak Wananau."

Bravo is being held on $5,000 bond.

"You are not allowed to perform any dental work that you are not legally authorized to perform," Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge told Bravo during his bond hearing Wednesday.

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