A 27-year-old Jamaican woman who admitted to impersonating an orthodontist was yesterday jailed for six months after she failed to pay fines totaling $6,500.
In addition to losing her freedom, Santini Kerr-Wilson, of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, saw the court seize over $7,000 of her ill-gotten gains and was ordered to pay $2,550 in compensation to her victims.
She entered guilty pleas to charges of fraud by false pretenses, using the title of an orthodontist, advertising as a dentist, practicing as a dentist, acquisition of the proceeds of crimes and possession of the proceeds of crime at her arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, Dr. Sparkman Ferguson alerted police to Kerr-Wilson’s underground dental clinic after learning of an advertisement for braces, cleanings, teeth whitening and fillings.
Ferguson, who is registrar of the Bahamas Dental Council, did not find Kerr-Wilson’s name, or Dr. Nicole Wilson, the alias under which she was practicing, on the register of persons authorized to practice dentistry, Davis told the court.
Police executed a search warrant on a room at the Comfort Suites hotel and seized dental paraphernalia in addition to $7,196, which was seized as the proceeds of crime.
Five of Kerr-Wilson’s clients filed police complaints after they paid her $510 each for braces, the court heard.
Kerr-Wilson’s lawyer, Nathan Smith, asked the court to temper justice with mercy.
He said the mother of two was contrite and had committed a non-violent offense and was prepared to make restitution to her victims.