VANCOUVER - A fake dentist will serve three months in jail as ordered by a B.C. Supreme Court judge — if he ever shows up to make the appointment.
Tung Sheng Wu has been on the run since authorities searched his dental office following a complaint by a patient. He was tried in absentia and found guilty of contempt.
Wu had been practicing dentistry without a licence and treating hundreds of people despite inadequate infection control measures at his home on Southwood Street in Burnaby.
“Today, the court issued a finding of contempt against Mr. Wu and sentenced him to three months in jail,” said Jerome Marburg, CEO of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., in a statement. “The sentence of jail time indicates the seriousness of Mr. Wu’s actions.”
Along with the sentence, the court ordered Wu to pay the college back around $140,000 it has cost to investigate and prosecute him.
The college said it is continuing to hear more reports from Wu’s patients, adding it will not close the case until the phony dentist is found.
Shortly after the investigation was launched, Wu’s car was found loaded with dental gear and abandoned near Vancouver.
The college said it looked like he was planning to open another dental office in a different location.