The manhunt is on for Tung Sheng Wu (David Wu) who has been allegedly practicing illegal dentistry out of his Burnaby home for the last 10 years.
The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. ordered him to stop practicing dentistry when they first encountered him in 2003. With the B.C. Supreme Court injunction at the time and the College’s ban, he agreed to stop and said he would voluntarily leave Canada and return to Taiwan.
However, the College did not follow up with Wu until it received a complaint against the “dentist” in April 2013 and acquired a warrant to carry out a search of his home at the 4300 block of Southwood Street in Burnaby.
In May, RCMP and College investigators concluded that he had allegedly been practicing underground dentistry for quite some time from his home – without a dentistry license and with his living room set up as a waiting room with folding chairs and the bedroom as the operations room. It is also believed that he continued to practice from his home for a further two months after his residence was searched.
In addition to finding the underground dental clinic at his home, investigators found nearly 1,500 patient files in the room where he performs his operations. He relied on word-of-mouth referrals for acquiring his patients. Those who were treated by Wu are strongly advised to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C as Wu has not been properly cleaning nor sterilizing his instruments and equipment.
Wu was due to appear in court on Monday, however, he failed to do so and is now believed to be fleeing the country. Last week, the College was able to track down Wu’s vehicle, which was filled with suitcases of clothes and dental supplies and was in the process of being prepped for being shipped out of the country.
A B..C Supreme Court judge has ordered his arrest on Monday since he failed to appear in court. It is not exactly known what types of charges and penalties will be pursued against Wu.
Featured image: Kai Ting Lee