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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 11:38 GMT
Dentist let partner drill teeth
Omid Amidi-Mazaheri (left) and Mogjan Azari
The couple are thought to have charged the NHS 120,000
A dentist from south-east London who let her unqualified boyfriend treat patients has been struck off.

Mogjan Azari allowed her lover Omid Amidi-Mazaheri to work on more than 600 patients, leaving many in agony.

He drilled out cavities without local anaesthetic and installed expensive fillings that crumbled within days.

The pair charged the NHS for the bungled work and other non-existent procedures and are believed to have made 120,000 from the scam.

'Dishonest and unprofessional'

Azari, 39, a Swedish Iranian, was barred from practising in the UK by the General Dental Council (GDC) for serious professional misconduct.

She ran dental practices in Norbury and Tulse Hill, south London, where she employed her partner, a dental lab technician, between 2002 and 2003.

In March 2005, Azari, from Beckenham, Kent, was jailed for 12 months by Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to obtaining money by deception.

Amidi-Mazaheri, 42, an Iranian national, from East Dulwich, south-east London, received a two-year sentence after admitting similar offences.

The GDC considered claims that Azari "did not take any, or adequate, steps" to check that Amidi-Mazaheri was a qualified dentist.

It was alleged she allowed him to continue treating patients despite promising the Croydon Primary Care Trust in 2003 that he would stop.

Such conduct would have been "unprofessional, dishonest and contrary to the best interests of patients", the council heard.


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