The Court of Appeal in Aix-en-Provence, France, upheld the eight-year prison sentence previously imposed on Lionel Guidi, a dentist from Marseille. The man mutilated about four hundred patients from the slums of the city by treating them poorly. The sentence against his father, Jean-Claude Gouge, also a dentist, was confirmed on appeal.
The 43-year-old former dentist has remained in prison since the initial ruling. He remains imprisoned. His father, Jean-Claude, 71, appeared at the hearing as a free man, but a warrant was immediately issued for his arrest.
The Court of Appeal judges were less stringent than Public Prosecutor Patrice Olivier Morell, who at the end of June called for an effective ten-year prison sentence for Lionel Goedge. This is the maximum penalty for this type of crime.
Lionel Guidi’s government was located in one of Marseille’s poorest neighborhoods between 2006 and 2012. The Attorney General described his government as a “fully functioning money machine.” Goodge was accused of weakening approximately 3,900 healthy teeth in hundreds of patients and then installing highly profitable bridges. His only motive for this was to make profit. Within five years, he had become the highest-paid dentist in France: driving a Ferrari, earning between 65,000 and 80,000 euros a month, he had amassed a fortune of thirteen million euros.
“People have turned into a tool to keep you deceived,” the public defender said. He described the man as a braggart, whose banter and charm inspired confidence, prompting many patients to follow his advice and carry out the suggested treatments.
Jean-Claude, Lionel’s father, was a dentist at the end of his career. Participate in the scam by providing care to patients who are in pain after having their new teeth placed. The prosecutor described him as “an old fox in the service of a young wolf.” The man was placed in pre-trial detention for five months at the beginning of the investigation, but was brought to trial free. Given his immediate arrest, he will join his son in the cell today.
The Court of Appeal also ordered several confiscations previously ordered by the Marseille Criminal Court: some real estate, vehicles, a boat, bank accounts and some works of art with a total value of more than 2.2 million euros.
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