December 2, 2023

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Woman charged with faking qualifications as dental hygienist in South Bay

SAN JOSE — An Arizona girl has been criminally billed with lying about her credentials and working with stolen identities to operate as a dental hygienist in the South Bay for at minimum 5 years, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Business.

Elizabeth “Mina” Larijani, 50, is charged with 16 felony and misdemeanor counts dependent on allegations she lied about becoming a condition-licensed dental assistant or hygienist concerning 2015 and 2020. According to prosecutors’ official grievance and investigative summary, she possibly labored at or utilized to 11 dental offices in San Jose and Campbell.

Larijani — who also goes by Elizabeth Garcia Costilla — was arrested in Glendale, Arizona and extradited to San Jose final 7 days. She was to begin with in jail custody on $40,000 bail, but she was unveiled Monday and requested to return to court June 13.

The Dental Cleanliness Board of California started investigating Larijani in 2018 immediately after acquiring a complaint that she was misrepresenting her licensing and qualifications. The investigation located that in a number of occasions, she submitted in paperwork the license numbers of two dental hygienists who were being unaware their licenses have been currently being employed. Authorities allege that each time the situation of licensing arrived up in depth, she was evasive then remaining and went on to use to or function at a further workplace.

By allegedly lying about her standing, Larijani bypassed demands that she entire an accredited education system and go exams done by the dental hygiene board.

The board investigators offered their results to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Business office in 2019. Right after the office carried out its very own investigation, prosecutors in 2020 filed 13 felony fees towards Larijani alleging tax fraud and identification theft, and a few misdemeanor rates of practicing dental cleanliness work without having a license.

When Larijani was positioned and arrested in Arizona, she was reportedly actively functioning as a dental hygienist.