OKLAHOMA CITY – Elizabeth Hinojosa was silent as she skirted TV cameras at the Oklahoma County Courthouse Monday.
We asked, “Did you have any qualifications to do these procedures, at all?”
She gave no response.
Hinojosa made a brief court appearance Monday afternoon on charges of practicing dentistry without a license, forgery and embezzlement.
She and her daughter, Monica Orozco, have been on the run since allegations surfaced they had botched dozens of major dental procedures.
Okla. Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers said, “She started out slow, we believe, here and there and then she got bold.”
Authorities said Hinojosa was using offices in Oklahoma City while the dentist was gone on maternity leave.
Believe it or not, investigators said she resurfaced at a practice in San Antonio where she was employed as a hygienist.
Rogers said, “Fortunately your show is on the internet. They pulled it up and said, ‘Oh my gosh.'”
Officials suspect Hinojosa may have been raiding that clinic of instruments to start another illegal operation.
Rogers said, “We believe she had a large collection of instruments. She uses them at another location not related to the office she was doing work.”
We’re told a family member convinced the two to surrender.
They each posted a $20,000 bond and are awaiting additional charges.
The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry suspects there could be 100 victims or more.
Rogers said, “It’s Pandora’s box. We’ve had several new witnesses. Some are willing to cooperate.”