A woman showed up to a dentist appointment on Thursday to discover she was the victim of a crime.
Helen Kelley went to her appointment at 1 p.m. located at 1802 Carmack Boulevard in Columbia.
"That upsets me. That upsets me" said Kelley. "I'm shocked. I'm like, whoa. Now what am I going to do?" she wondered.
She found yellow crime scene tape across the front door of her dentist office, Amazing Smiles Dental and Denture Care.
"The lady told me they were licensed and everything," Kelley explained.
Columbia Police Lt. Joey Gideon told Nashville's News 2 they served a search warrant on Wednesday at the office and learned that Michael and Lana Richardson were practicing dentistry without a license.
"We began to investigate Michael and Lana Richardson and discovered that they are not dentists and then our investigation revealed from some of the customers that Michael Richardson was in fact posing as the dentist," Gideon explained.
Gideon said that during their investigation they also learned the Richardsons are wanted by police in Glasgow, Kentucky after they conducted a similar investigation last summer.
"This is the type of thing that can harm a lot of people. A lot of people have saved up for years to get this type of work done," he said.
Police said their investigation revealed a majority of the Richardson's patients paid with cash.
"They are preying on those people. They are taking their money and performing really shoddy dentistry work," Gideon explained.
Kelley said she used her income tax refund and thought she was getting a good deal when she pre-paid nearly $1,600 for a pair of dentures that do not even fit properly.
"I had a whole set put in and they're too big and the back hits before the front hits and I can't chew. I am just in a bad mess," she said.
Michael Richardson has been charged with two counts of Class E felonies for impersonation of a professional and unlawful practice of dentistry. Lana Richardson has been charged with one count of a Class E felony. Police say they will most like have additional charges to file against the couple as their investigation continues.
Michael Richardson also has a criminal hold placed on him from Warren County for violation of probation.
Richardson violated his probation after a 1994 conviction for impersonation of a licensed professional and unlawful practice of dentistry.
Columbia police say Kelley is just one of many people victimized by Michael and Lana Richardson.
Other victims are encouraged to call the Columbia Police Criminal Investigations Division at 931-380-2721.