Man accused of operating illegal dental clinic may be headed for Toronto
Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 2:42PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:27PM EDT
A man accused of operating an illegal dental practice in British Columbia may be headed for Toronto, authorities said Thursday, and a $2,000 reward is now on offer for tips that lead to his arrest.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Tung Sheng Wu, who is accused by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia of running an illegal home-based clinic in Burnaby. Officials say he treated up to 1,500 patients.
Wu is being sought after he failed to appear in court earlier this week on a contempt of court charge. He is accused of violating a 2003 injunction that he cease practicing dentistry.
“We expect he’s going to Toronto to set up business there,” College CEO Jerome Marburg told reporters Thursday. “This is a guy who’s consistently hidden…and he needs to be stopped, plain and simple.”
While authorities believe he has plans to head east, they suspect he is still in B.C.’s Lower Mainland. He may have treated patients in Coquitlam as recently as two weeks ago, reported CTV British Columbia’s Scott Roberts.
The College said it seized Wu’s car in Richmond late Wednesday and confirmed that he was planning to ship the vehicle to Toronto. A search of the car turned up various documents, personal effects “and a large quantity of dental supplies,” the College said in a news release.
The College warned anyone who has had contact with Wu to get tested for potential infections.
Anyone with information about Wu’s whereabouts can contact the College at 604-209-1708, or police.