Rogue dentist pleads guilty to tax evasion

A man who operated an illegal dental practice out of his former Burnaby home has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion, says the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Tung Sheng "David" Wu was sentenced Wednesday in Vancouver Provincial Court to $33,000 in fines. That represented 75 per cent of the federal income taxes evaded.

Wu spent months on the lam last year after the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC) received a tip from the public he had been operating a makeshift illegal dental office out of his rented house on Southwood Street.

This was despite a lack of qualifications and a 2003 court order banning him from practising dentistry.

The investigation sparked a warning to all his clients to be tested for blood-borne diseases after it was found Wu had been working in dirty conditions without adequate infection control systems.

In November, Wu turned himself in to Toronto police and was returned to the Lower Mainland to serve his three-month prison sentence for contempt of court.

After CDSBC discovered some of Wu's financial records during its investigation, the courts gave it permission to contact CRA.

The CRA investigation determined that for the taxation years 2009 through 2012, Wu failed to report a total of $237,600 in income from the illegal dental practice.

The figures were calculated using Wu's patient charts which included the amounts charged and paid.

In addition to the fines, Wu must also file the tax returns in question and pay the full amount of taxes owing, plus interest, said CRA.

He was also ordered by the courts to pay the CDSBC's costs of investigating and prosecuting the case, which already reached more than $140,000 last fall.

Wu had provided dental services at cut-rate prices but the services were not up to Canadian standards. He was never registered with the college nor qualified to practise in B.C. and is not to be confused with two other Metro Vancouver dentists with similar names.

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