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Rogue dentist pleads guilty to tax evasion

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Illegal dentist Tung Sheng “David” Wu. (SUBMITTED)

Illegal dentist Tung Sheng “David” Wu. (SUBMITTED)

B.C.’s rogue dentist David Tung Sheng Wu pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and was sentenced in Vancouver Provincial Court on Tuesday to fines totaling $33,000. The fines represent 75% of the federal income taxes evaded.

In October, the 62-year-old was convicted of contempt of court and sentenced to three months in jail for ignoring a court order to stop practicing dentistry without a licence.

CRA determined Wu failed to report income from this illegal dental practice for the 2009 through 2012 taxation years totaling $237,600. The amounts were calculated using Wu’s patient charts, which recorded both the dental treatment provided and the amount he charged to the patient, as well as when the patients paid him.

B.C.’s College of Dental Surgeons uncovered an illegal dental operation in Burnaby in May. Hundreds of patients received warnings to get tested for illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV.

Ten years ago, a court ordered Wu to stop practicing dentistry without a licence and a B.C. Supreme Court judge concluded Wu disobeyed the order.

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