Man accused of practicing dentistry without a license

A 64-year-old Cobb County man is accused of practicing dentistry without a license and stealing the identities of two legitimate doctors, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Howard Duane Manders, of Marietta, turned himself in Friday afternoon, according to Cobb County jail records. He was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful practice of dentistry and two counts of identity fraud, all felonies. He was released the same day after posting $10,000 bond, booking records show.

Manders has run Manders Dental Center in Smyrna since 1981, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. But he holds no professional license of any type, according to the same office, which handles licensing for a variety of professions.

But according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, which secured the arrest warrant, Manders was seen working as a dentist at the business between November 2008 and August 2012.

“Said accused was observed by two different witnesses on multiple occasions installing dentures and partials on patients,” the warrant states.

The warrant also states that Manders allegedly used identification numbers of two dentists, without their approval, to complete an application for his own number.

Manders was not at his dental office Monday, but employees there told Channel 2 Action News the arrest was a misunderstanding.