September 6, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
HYGIENIST SENTENCED IN
CALVERT COUNTY FOR PRACTICING WITHOUT A LICENSE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Tracy Deiter
Grimes, 35, of Port Republic, Maryland plead guilty before Calvert
County District Court Judge Stephen L. Clagett, to one count of
practicing dental hygiene in Maryland without a license and one
count of misrepresenting herself as authorized to practice dental
hygiene. The court imposed a $1,000 fine upon the defendant on the
first count, the maximum sentence for the offense, suspended a $1,000
fine on the second count, and placed her on supervised probation
for two years. Judge Clagett also reprimanded Ms. Grimes for subjecting
the dental practices where she had worked to collateral claims due
to her unauthorized practice.
According to the statement of facts, on February 19, 2001, the dentists
in a Prince Frederick dental practice hired the defendant for the
position of dental hygienist. They hired her based upon Grimes
claims that she had the requisite training and that she was licensed
in Maryland as a dental hygienist, and because she had previously
practiced dental hygiene at other dental offices in the area. In
fact, Tracy Grimes has never been licensed to practice dental hygiene,
nor is she a graduate of a dental hygiene program, as she had falsely
represented to former employers since 1997.
defendant conducted dental hygiene procedures at the dental office
until August 2, 2001, when the partners discovered that she was
not licensed. The license that she presented them was bogus.
Grimes broke the law by lying about her background and she put patients
at risk by practicing services she was untrained and unlicensed
to perform," Attorney General Curran said.
case was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the
Attorney Generals Office, with assistance by the State of
Maryland Board of Dental Examiners.