Unregistered dentist, Ronnie Barogiannis, has been given a five and a half year sentence for fraudulently working under the name of a former colleague. Barogiannis had worked illegally at an East Yorkshire dental practice and performed procedures on hundreds of people’s teeth.
Barogiannis earned his dental degree in Sweden, back in 2003; however, when he set his own practice up in Scotland ten years later he failed to register himself or the practice. This resulted in him being fined and convicted for failure to register and led to him working under a false name.
The illegal dentist was caught out when he accidentally gave his own personal details, instead of his alias, when the practice in Cottingham changed hands. Realising something was awry, the new owners contacted the GDC (General Dentist Council) to report their suspicions and discovered his previous conviction.
In October 2014 Barogiannis was arrested for the crime and released on Police bail. Authorities seized his Greek passport, however he still managed to flee the country using a Swedish passport. He was re-arrested in March 2016 in Sweden and extradited back to the UK. He appeared in front of Hull Crown Court, where he admitted to five counts of actual bodily harm and fraud. A Police spokesperson said that during the time of his illegal activities at least eight patients had been subjected to serious or permanent damage.