William Escobar, Calif. man, arrested after he converts his bathroom into illegal dental office, police say

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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - William Escobar, a Calif. man, was arrested after officials say he provided dental services out of a converted bathroom in his home, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Authorities said they arrested Escobar, 40, Wednesday after a month long investigation conducted by the Moorpark Police Investigations Unit and the California Dental Board.

A former "patient" reported Escobar in November after Escobar allegedly cleaned his teeth, injected him with an anesthetic and evaluated him about a tooth extraction. However, when the patient told Escobar he couldn't pay for the tooth extraction, the procedure was not performed.

The patient told officials he suffered swelling and pain at the injection site. According to the complaint, Escobar also called and threatened him about owed money, CBS Los Angeles reports.

After a search warrant was served at Escobar's apartment, detectives reportedly found an elaborate and illegal dental operation set up in Escobar's bathroom complete with dental chair, tools, anesthetic drugs, false teeth and items to perform orthodonture, the station reports.

Officials said Escobar has numerous customers, including teenagers who were receiving orthodonture care, the station says.

According to CBS LA, Escobar was arrested on several charges including felony practice of dentistry without a license, misdemeanor furnishing of dangerous drugs, and possession of needles.

The Moorpark Police Station is now asking for any of Escobar's clients to come forward and contact them.