Illegal dentist saw patients in July, court documents show
Arrest warrant issued for unlicensed dentist Tung Sheng (David) Wu
Three patients say Tung Sheng Wu performed dental work as recently as two weeks ago, despite having his illegal Burnaby, B.C. practice shut down, according to affidavits filed in B.C. Supreme Court.
Wu, 62, allegedly saw two patients out of a Coquitlam basement suite in July and made at least one house call.
According to the affidavits, one woman told the Fraser Health Authority her husband had seen Wu to get braces, while another woman said Wu called her because her mother’s dentures were ready.
A third patient said Wu visited him at his home to make an adjustment on his braces.
Yesterday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice issued a warrant for Wu's arrest after he failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance. His whereabouts are unknown.
The justice also issued a permanent injunction, preventing Wu from performing dental work again in B.C.
Where is the 'bedroom dentist'?
According to court documents, an investigator spotted Wu driving through Port Coquitlam last Thursday.
The affidavit also says an investigator took a photo of a box of dental supplies piled into Wu's leased Acura, which he intended to ship out of the province.
And yesterday, the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. said it had located a van filled with Wu’s belongings that was to be shipped out of the country — evidence that Wu is trying to leave Canada.
"We do not have the powers of the police, nor do we have unlimited resources. We have been conducting surveillance of Tung Sheng Wu intermittently for four months," a spokesperson from the college said in an email response to CBC.
"When someone takes steps to avoid detection, they make it difficult to be found."
Meanwhile, some residents living near Wu's Coquitlam "clinic" on Dahlia Court said they noticed suspicious activity at the home.
"He put fake Christmas trees in the backyard blocking so you couldn't see the back window or the back doorway where people were coming and going," said a neighbour, who did not want her name published.
"We feel bad, we feel maybe we should have reported him. But you don't necessarily want to create trouble for a neighbour."
Burnaby operation shut down
In May, the college and RCMP officers shut down one of Wu’s clinics, set up in a bedroom of his Burnaby home.
CBC News obtained video of the raid, which revealed dirty and disorganized conditions. There was no evidence of any source for sterilized water.
Last week, the college issued a public warning and urged anyone who has been treated by Wu during the past 20 years to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor and Petti Fong