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An Orem man convicted of practicing unlicensed dentistry has been released from jail but may have to leave the country.
Carlos Counter, 65, pleaded guilty June 14 in state court in Provo to a felony count of practicing dentistry without a license. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail. With credit for time served, the Utah County Jail released Counter seven days later. Counter also was sentenced to three years of probation.
However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is likely to deport Counter or require him to leave the country on his own, said Utah Assistant Attorney General Jake Taylor. Counter is a native of Mexico who has overstayed his visa, Taylor said.
Court documents say an agent of the Utah Attorney General's Office in May entered Counter's Orem home, where there was a room with dental equipment, a nurse and prescription pain medication.
Taylor said Counter claimed to have received dental training in Mexico and appeared to be catering to the Orem immigrant community. The dental office was sophisticated and Counter appeared to know what he was doing, Taylor added.
"It's just that it wasn't legal," Taylor said. "It wasn't licensed."
The nurse is charged with one felony count of drug distribution related to the prescription drugs in the office, Taylor said. Her jury trial is scheduled for July 27. Taylor said the nurse also has overstayed her visa and is being held in custody.