The New Mexico Dental Health Care Commission suspended Gardner’s license, and later revoked it altogether. In a mountain of court documents, Gardner was warned against practicing his craft.
Now, a recommendation in a criminal case – 36 counts of tax fraud – says that “the public is at stake” and Gardner should go to jail because an undercover investigator caught Gardner still working as a dentist.
4 Investigator Matt Grubs: I have to ask, would you have opened your doors and seen patients if the recall had been active in July of last summer?
William Gardner: My office is open, but we don’t see patients.
4 Investigator Matt Grubs: So you’re paying people just to have an open office?
William Gardner: That… that’s my business.
Gardner told KOB on Wednesday that he was besieged by poor legal representation and a relentless onslaught of state agencies that did not have the authority to prosecute him.
He sent KOB 4 a letter from the Department of Taxation and Revenue, saying it showed he had not breached taxes. He claims it’s a mix that’s only a few weeks away from being resolved.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is involved in Gardner-related cases and would not comment specifically, but said omitting crime regulations, laws or court orders is serious business. .
“In my opinion, that would be one of the warning signs that if this person isn’t taking their licensing and regulatory obligations seriously, they might as well be failing to meet those requirements,” says Brian. Strictly different obligations depending on the industry we are talking about. McMath with the state attorney general’s Environmental and Consumer Protection division.
Gardner is due to appear in court next month for tax fraud. An older criminal case for insurance fraud is still pending.
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