By Craig Kapitan - Express-News
A Mexican orthodontist who set up shop in the San Antonio area without a state license was ordered to serve probation Monday after showing up in court with more than $30,000 in restitution for his patients.
Julio De La Fuente, 55, pleaded no contest in May to practicing dentistry without a license. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to ask state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner for a term of no more than five years.
Citing the substantial restitution payment, the judge agreed with defense attorney Tylden Shaeffer that De La Fuente should receive a second chance with 10 years of deferred adjudication probation. Vasquez-Gardner also ordered 500 hours of community service.