Man accused of running illegal dental practice in Michigan basement


An Albanian man living in Michigan is accused of illegally running a dental practice out of his basement — for years.

Leka Gjokaj was arraigned in Clinton Township Friday for operating a dental practice without a license; which is a felony.

Police video shows the basement setup includes a dental chair, ceiling mirror and dental tools. 

Gjokaj’s visa to live in the US has expired. While he has a $5,000 bail, Gjokaj can’t get out of prison because of a federal detainer for the expired visa.

Macomb county prosecutor, Eric Smith, and Gjokaj’s attorney, Paul Lulgjuraj, discussed the allegations Friday.

“You know he can say he’s trying to help this community, but in actuality he’s trying to help himself by putting money in his pocket,” said Smith “He had a perfect opportunity if he was an actual dentist in albania then he had an opportunity to apply for licensing here.”

“You were told he is not a doctor. And you know something, he is a doctor,” rebutted Lulgjuaj “Well let’s assume worst case scenario: He’s not licensed in michigan. But that does that make him not a doctor. In the eyes of the law, of course it’s an issue.”

If convicted, Gjokaj could get up to four years in prison.

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