With no sign of the alleged fake dentist Tung Sheng (David) Wu, officials in charge of the dental profession in the province are one step closer to having him convicted of a crime.
Lawyers for the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. were in Supreme Court Tuesday asking a judge to sentence the missing doctor for his alleged offenses.
However, the court decided to give Wu one more opportunity to answer to allegations. A hearing is set for Oct. 9. The dentist organization is seeking a combination sentence including jail time and a stiff fine.
"This guy is a predator and needs to be stopped," Jerome Marburg, college of dental surgeons CEO, told the Tri-Cities NOW's sister paper Burnaby NOW. "I think it's a pretty strong signal the court is sending. They're obviously inclined to go our way with a stiff penalty, which could include jail time and a fine."
The dentist's saga began in August after health officials sent out a warning to anyone who received dental treatment from Wu that they may have been exposed to serious viruses. Fraser Health issued the alert after Wu, who they said had performed illegally in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam, 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, this past 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.
The dental college is also offering a $2,000 reward for information that helps them locate Wu.
Court documents filed by the college suggest Wu had extensive ties to the Tri-Cities and had reportedly been providing dental treatment out of a home at 2546 Dahlia Crt. in Coquitlam.
According to the dental college affidavits, private investigator Michael Lantz seized Wu's Acura RDX on Aug. 15 and searched it.
The vehicle contained newly ordered dental equipment from Sinclair Dental Supply Co. Ltd. to Joey Tseng in Port Coquitlam, the owner of Prairie Dental Clinic.
Tseng admitted he had provided specific dental supplies to Wu, but had not heard from him in several months.
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