Marietta man accused of ID fraud, practicing dentistry without license
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Though not a dentist, Howard Manders reportedly had a hand in founding Manders Dental Center in Smyrna.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
Though not a dentist, Howard Manders reportedly had a hand in founding Manders Dental Center in Smyrna.
Staff/Todd Hull
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SMYRNA — A Marietta man is free on bond after being charged with identity fraud and the unlawful practice of dentistry without a license, both felonies.

Howard Manders, 64, is a dental-lab technician, not a dentist, though he apparently helped found Manders Dental Center, at 2220 Atlanta Road, Suite 103, in Smyrna.

According to his arrest warrant, Manders was seen by different witnesses installing dentures and partials on patients on multiple occasions.

Manders is also charged with two counts of felony identity fraud.

According to his arrest warrant, Manders used dental-license numbers of two dentists to obtain an “NPI number,” which is issued to health care providers by HIPPA. The warrant does not say what Manders used the numbers for.

The office manager who answered the telephone at Manders’ clinic on Monday afternoon said that he was not practicing dentistry, and that the clinic is overseen by Samuel Collins, who is a licensed dentist.

“He only makes false teeth,” she said of Manders. She referred further questions to attorney Mark Spix.

“It doesn’t make any sense to us,” Spix said. “This company’s been in business 40 years and they provide a service. Near as I can tell, there are lots of dental offices that use labs that aren’t owned by dentists.”

Spix said he had not yet seen a letter the Secretary of State’s office previously sent Manders ordering him to cease and desist from practicing dentistry, “which we don’t think he’s doing.”

“I’m trying to sort through it and find the impermissible actions occurred,” Spix said.

In February, Manders signed a voluntary cease and desist order with the state board of dentistry in which he agreed to cease and desist from any act or practice that requires licensure under Title 43, Chapter 11.

Manders was booked into Cobb Jail on the charges Friday afternoon, and released shortly thereafter after posting property for his $10,000 bond.

If convicted of practicing dentistry without a license, Manders could be fined up to $1,000 and imprisoned up to five years.
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Manders Dental
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November 26, 2012
Sadly, this is all a misunderstanding. If you are a patient of our office we welcome your call and will answer any questions you have. Remember Mr.Manders is Innocent until PROVEN guilty.

Catherine Holland
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December 03, 2012
I'm sure he was doing the things he has been charged with. I was a patient of Dr. Samuel D. Collins and he or one of the employees there forged my name to a document and he left a whole tooth up inside of my face in which I still have less usage of due to this from back in April 2012.
Connie Mack Jr
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November 21, 2012
No doubt HE had no pull with the Republican Sec Of State and got the pain side of corporate and monpoly politics..
hillbillies....
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November 20, 2012
...a block from the smyrna police department. Maybe this is where smyrna employees gits thar teefs fixed up.
Debbie B.
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November 23, 2012
I'd like to know if someone could tell me who to contact about this case.I,unfortently, am one of those "paients"of "Dr." Manders
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