By Brad Segall
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two Delaware County women who set up a phony dental practice along the Main Line will spend at least two months behind bars after their sentencing Monday in Montgomery County.
By day, Jessica Gullickson was a receptionist and Cheryl Laing was a dental assistant at Smilz 4 Life in Bryn Mawr. But after hours, prosecutors say they were doing dental procedures for patients who didn’t have insurance. The judge sentenced them to two to 23 months behind bars followed by four years probation. They were also ordered to pay back the more than $5,000 in cash.
“And it’s serious stuff, I mean they’re doing extractions, they’re doing root canals, they’re injecting novocaine or lidocaine into people and if there’s an emergency, they’re not trained to fix it,” prosecutor John Gradel said.
Prosecutors say the dentist who owned the business at the time had no idea what was going on after he went home for the day. They say Laing would spread the word that she would perform procedures at steeply discounted prices and the two would line their own pockets.