Equipment, supplies seized from illegal dentists to be donated

Dental equipment and materials seized from three illegal dentists have been donated to dental clinics assisting low-income patients, says the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC).

The equipment was confiscated from three people caught practising dentistry without being qualified to do so—Tung Sheng "David" Wu, who operated out of a rented Burnaby house before it was raided last year by college officials and police, as well as Hua Zheng Huang and Vladimir Shapoval.

The items will be donated to the Abbotsford Food Bank Free Dental Clinic and the New Life Mission Dental Clinic in Kamloops. Both clinics offer free or low-cost dental care to low-income individuals.

The value of the donations is in the thousands of dollars. They include dental chairs, suction equipment, surgical equipment, dental drills, root canal material, impression material and trays, and restorative material.

The items will be cleaned and sterilized before being used. Items not appropriate for use on patients will be destroyed.

"The College is pleased that the equipment and materials confiscated from those unregulated individuals who have been practicing dentistry illegally can be put to good use in the provision of care to patients who are in need," said CDSBC president Dr. Peter Stevenson-Moore in a press release.

After spending months in hiding, Tung Sheng "David" Wu surrendered to Toronto Police last fall. He served a three-month prison sentence for contempt of court for defying a 2003 court order banning him from practising dentistry.

The college's 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.

The courts also ordered him to pay the college's costs of investigating and prosecuting the case, which had reached more than $140,000 last fall.

And earlier this month, he pled guilty to tax evasion and was ordered to pay $33,000 in fines, in addition to unpaid taxes, to Canada Revenue Agency.

A CRA investigation determined Wu failed to report a total of $237,600 in income from the illegal dental practice.

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