The College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. will give $2,000 to anyone who gives information on Tung Sheng (David) Wu that leads to his arrest.
Wu was operating an illegal dentistry practice out of his home in Burnaby. In late May, a complaint about his treatment sparked an investigation, which has since led to a permanent injunction and warrant for his arrest.
The illegal dentist did not appear at court proceedings last week that found he breached a 2003 order prohibiting him from being a dentist.
Authorities are working on tracking him down so he can appear for a sentencing hearing.
"Any person harbouring Mr. Wu can contact us in confidence," said Jerome Marburg, the college's registrar and CEO, at a press conference on Aug. 15. "We will apprehend him without need to reveal where, or with whom, he was staying. The important thing is that Mr. Wu appears before the court to answer for his actions."
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the college seized Wu's 2013 Acura SUV in Richmond and has started to search the contents of it, which will be used as evidence in court, according to Marburg. The vehicle was about to get shipped to Toronto.
"I am not permitted to provide a detailed inventory of what we have found but can say that we have recovered documents, personal effects and a large quantity of dental supplies," he added Investigators are currently working on various tips and continue to pursue the whereabouts of Wu, who may be attempting to flee Canada.
Marburg is still asking Wu's former 1,500 patients to get checked for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV as his practice did not meet the college's infection prevention and control requirements.
Since Fraser Health issued the health alert on Aug. 7, it has fielded approximately 300 calls on its hotline. The health authority has also sent about 400 letters to the addresses found on records retrieved from Wu's home.
Anyone with information on Wu's whereabouts is asked to contact the college at 604-209-1708 or to call the police.
For more information, visit www.cdsbc.org.
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