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Illegal Dentist Continued Treating Patients after Clinic Search: Court Documents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Illegal Dentist Continued Treating Patients after Clinic Search: Court Documents

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Illegal dentist kept seeing patients: court

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VANCOUVER - A dentist who is accused by the College of Dental Surgeons of practising illegally may have continued seeing patients for almost two months following a search of his clinic at the end of May, court documents show.

In an affidavit filed Monday in B.C. Supreme Court, public health nurse Catherine Wall alleges she received three phone calls on Aug. 8 from patients or families of patients who had been treated by Tung Sheng Wu as recently as July 20.

On May 29, the RCMP and college investigators entered the house where Wu, also known as David, was believed to be living in Burnaby, B.C., east of Vancouver.

One of the investigators, dentist Alexander Penner, said in court documents that Wu's living room was set up as a waiting room with rows of folding chairs. The bedroom was set up to perform operations, Penner said in an affidavit.

Penner said he "proceeded to seize and package up anything that (showed) evidence of the practice of dentistry."

However, Wu "may have continued to provide treatment to his patients even after the College executed the search," Wall states in her affidavit.

Wall describes three conversations she had last week with individuals who allege Wu had either treated them or one of their family members since May 29.

One caller, identified as "Mr. C", allegedly said Wu had come to his home on July 20 to make an adjustment to his braces.

Penner filed a second affidavit on Monday, attesting to a phone call with a "Ms. B" whose mother had been receiving treatment from Wu for some time. Ms. B allegedly said Wu had contacted her mother at the end of July to schedule ongoing treatment from a Coquitlam residence.

"Ms. B stated that the back door of the residence is being used as the entrance for the defendant's 'patients'" Penner states in the affidavit.

In the meantime, investigators are still trying to locate Wu. …

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