Brazilian backpacker is fined for pretending to be a DENTIST – performing tooth fillings and extractions in his inner-Sydney home
- Brazialian man who posed as a dentist fined and convicted in court on Tuesday
- Eduardo Penques found guilty of ‘claiming to be registered health practitioner’
- Penques performed dental surgery on two patients in his Sydney home
A Brazilian national who pretended to be a dentist and carried out treatments in a makeshift clinic in his Sydney home has been found guilty and fined.
Eduardo Soares Penques did not appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday when he was fined $16,500 and convicted for claiming to be a registered health practitioner and carrying out a restricted dental act.
Penques, 37, was also ordered to pay $3173 in professional costs to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Brazialian man, Eduardo Soares Penques, who posed as a dentist was fined and convicted in court on Tuesday after performing procedures on two ‘patients’ in his Sydney home (stock image)
AHPRA on Wednesday said Penques carried out restricted dental acts on two patients including a tooth filling and an extraction. He also gave anaesthetic medications in a makeshift Surry Hills dental clinic in May and June 2019.
Penques, who has never been registered as a dentist in Australia, falsely claimed to be a dentist to one of the patients, AHPRA said in a statement.
‘Patients put their trust in properly qualified and registered practitioners, and it is a gross violation of that trust when someone falsely claims to be registered,’ AHPRA chief executive Martin Fletcher said in a statement.
Penques did not appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday when he was fined $16,500 and convicted for claiming to be a registered health practitioner and carrying out a restricted dental act