A Maury County indictment from Aug. 28, 2013, charges Michael Richardson with 53 counts of violation of license requirement (practicing dentistry without license), a misdemeanor, and 54 counts of impersonation of a licensed professional, a felony. A separate indictment from the same date charges him with one count each of impersonation of a licensed professional and practicing dentistry without a license.
The violation dates range from July 2012 to April 2013.
Lana Richardson was indicted in Maury County on Aug. 28, 2013, on one count of criminal responsibility to impersonation of a licensed professional, a felony, on one indictment, while on another she was charged with 54 counts of the same crime.
They had been arrested there April 17, 2013, and she was released April 19 and he on April 20, both on a $6,000 bond. They were arrested again Oct. 14, and the bond was raised to $50,000, with her being released on the same date and his release on the following day. Additionally, she – but not he – was arrested Feb. 4 and released Feb. 5 on a $1,500 bond, all according to Maury County jail personnel.
Columbia (Tenn.) Police Department Lt. Joey Gideon the first of those arrests came April 17 after a search warrant was served at their business, Amazing Smiles, in Columbia. The warrant was based on the department’s investigation conducted after allegations were brought to their attention by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and one of the Richardsons’ patients, he said. The TBI was aware of the charges pending at the time in Barren County, he said.
“After that, we discovered there were a lot more patients as a result of the search warrant and media coverage,” Gideon said. “We did confirm with the Tennessee Department of Health that Mr. Richardson did not possess any license to practice dentistry.”
The lieutenant said Lana Richardson possessed a type of license that would have allowed her to be a dental assistant, but only with a licensed dentist present.
Once the patient interviews and other investigative work were complete, the case was turned over to the district attorney’s office, and Assistant DA Kyle Dodd is the prosecutor on the case, Gideon said.