While the investigation into rogue dentist Tung Sheng (David) Wu may have been primarily resolved with a jail sentence, the saga isn’t quite over.
The Tri-Cities NOW has learned the College of Dental Technicians of B.C. has opened up an investigation related to the Wu case.
According to affidavits filed by an investigator working on behalf of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. during the Wu case, a man identified as Joey Tseng of Port Coquitlam admitted to providing dental supplies to the fake dentist.
In the affidavits, Tseng is identified as the owner of Prairie Dental Ceramic, located on Prairie Avenue in Port Coquitlam.
The Tri-Cities NOW contacted the dental college to ask what happened to the person identified as Joey Tseng in the affidavits, and was told he may be a registrant of the College of Dental Technicians of B.C.
Officials with the technician college said the association doesn’t have a person named Joey Tseng as a registrant, but it was noted the name is “Canadianized.”
Ronald Revell, the registrar of the college, said he couldn’t confirm the identity of the individual under investigation, adding the college has to complete its investigation before it becomes public knowledge.
“All I can say is we have opened an investigation to find out further details,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW on Wednesday.
Revell said the college is required to investigate complaints alleged against any registrant, adding this is the first investigation of this type for the college.
He said the person under investigation could eventually face fines, suspension and cancellation of registration.
According to the College of Dental Technicians of B.C., dental technicians make dental appliances that are prescribed by a dentist or requested by a denturist.
In affidavits filed in September, private investigator Michael Lantz indicated Tseng had admitted to providing specific dental supplies to Wu “and that he did not think this hurt anyone.”
The documents also state Tseng told the investigator he hadn’t heard from Wu for several months by the time of the investigation in August.
The Tri-Cities NOW attempted to contact Tseng through a number provided by a simple Google search related to Prairie Dental Ceramic.
A man who did not want to identify himself answered the phone and asked the reporter to leave a message.
“I don’t think he’s here all the time,” the man said.
When the reporter told the man the Tri-Cities NOW was seeking comment on Tseng’s alleged involvement with Wu, the man on the phone told the reporter not to call the number.
“This number is no for you, can you not call here anytime?” he said.
On Oct. 15, a Supreme Court judge in Vancouver sentenced Wu to three months in jail for civil contempt of court.
The judge also ordered Wu to pay the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. for the organization’s cost related to the investigation.
The rogue dentist’s saga began in August after health officials sent a warning to anyone who had received dental treatment from Wu that they might have been exposed to serious viruses, including Hepatitis C and HIV.
Fraser Health issued the alert after Wu, who they say had performed illegal dentistry in Port Moody, Coquitlam and Burnaby, appeared to be setting up shop again despite a court order against him.
The revelations about the dentist surfaced after an investigation by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. last spring.
Wu has been on the lam after a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to show up to court in August.
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