Arizona doctor gets 3-year prison sentence in fraud scheme

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Dr. Jesus Bernal Jan. 26, 2018. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Dr. Jesus Bernal Jan. 26, 2018. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Dr. Jesus Bernal Jan. 26, 2018. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Dr. Jesus Bernal Jan. 26, 2018. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

A chiropractor who allowed an unlicensed dentist to practice out of his southern Arizona clinic has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced the sentencing of Dr. Jesus Bernal on Wednesday.

Bernal was convicted in January of fraudulent schemes and artifices, money laundering, practicing dentistry without a license, conspiracy and illegal control of an enterprise.

Authorities say Maria Hernandez isn't a licensed dentist, but would travel up from Mexico to provide unlicensed dental treatments to Tucson residents.

She worked in a makeshift dental office in the Bernal Chiropractic Clinic and when a search warrant was executed, FBI agents reported finding unsanitary conditions and no means of sterilization.

Hernandez is facing criminal charges, but authorities believe she is hiding somewhere in Mexico.

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