Warrant issued for rogue dentist’s arrest 0
Illegal dentist Tung Sheng “David” Wu. (SUBMITTED)
A bench warrant has been issued for a rogue Burnaby dentist by a B.C. Supreme Court judge who found he was in contempt of a 2003 order that he not practise the trade.
Tung Sheng “David” Wu failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance Monday and the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. believe he may be on the run.
College CEO Jerome Marburg said the judge reaffirmed Wu’s ban with a new order, and the institution is now seeking jail time or financial penalties against the 62-year-old if he’s sentenced.
Wu was previously prohibited from administering dental work in B.C. after it was discovered 10 years ago he didn’t possess a licence to practice. Marburg said Wu indicated at the time that he was leaving the country. The college no longer has its records of the past case.
In late May, the college, along with police, executed a search warrant at a private residence in the 4300 block of Southwood Street in south Burnaby. Upon inspection, they found a bedroom dental lab with outdated equipment and evidence of poor sterilization, including re-used needles.
The college and Fraser Health is urging Wu’s patients, believed to number at least 1,500, to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B or C.
Marburg added a vehicle, allegedly belonging to Wu, was found and stopped by a Canadian transit company while it was en route “overseas.” He declined to reveal the location and date of the find and said more details would be forthcoming Tuesday.
He’s also hoping the information would make the public more vigilant in ensuring their dentists are legitimate. According to the college, it’s believed Wu had “cut-rate” pricing and that was a reason patients visited him.
“We hope the courts hit this individual hard enough and he won’t do it again,” Marburg said.
So far, Wu’s patients that have contacted the college have been found free of any blood-borne viruses.
Anyone treated by Wu is asked to call Fraser Health at 1-855-895-7425.