A 37-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to practicing dentistry without a license.
Marvin Efren Sandoval of Cumming was arrested in January after Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies found a dental practice set up in a home on Dawsonville Highway.
Sandoval received a negotiated sentence of three years on probation, 120 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine from Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Philip Smith.
As a condition of probation, Sandoval also cannot practice dentistry unless he obtains a license.
Sandoval, who speaks only Spanish, explained through an interpreter that he had been a trained and licensed dentist in his native Guatemala.
He did not attempt to obtain a Georgia license, he said, and had been operating out of the home in Forsyth for about six months when deputies discovered the illegal practice.
“They were looking for someone else there, and then they found everything,” Sandoval said through the interpreter.
Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney James Dunn said the room contained a dental chair, X-ray machine and other equipment.
A woman was also waiting for treatment when deputies entered the home, Dunn said.
Sandoval’s attorney, Nolan Hamer, said the illegal immigrant could make much more money in America than in impoverished Guatemala.
The local court can’t rule on federal immigration laws, but Smith explained that a guilty plea could have an impact on Sandoval’s status in the U.S.