UPDATE: Lower Mainland “basement dentist” sentenced to 45 days in jail
UPDATE: Today Vladamir Shapoval was sentenced by a B.C. Supreme Court judge to 45 days in jail and he must pay $35,000 in court and investigation costs. The judge also said Shapoval will not be get his dental equipment returned.
Global was the only news organization in B.C. Supreme Court today as two more so-called basement dentists were revealed.
Just this past summer a story surfaced in the Tri-Cities area about a man who was providing unlicensed dentistry out of his home, possibly exposing his clients to serious viruses.
Now, two other fake dentists have been exposed who were possibly endangering more people.
The registrar of College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., its lawyer and private investigator came to the B.C. Supreme Court today to unseal civil search warrants.
The target of a search in East Vancouver finally can be revealed as Hua Zheng Huang.
Investigators seized lots of dental equipment from his operatory, including pumps, drills, needles and anesthetic.
Huang has since agreed through his lawyer not to practice dentistry, or claim to be a dentist.
Madame Justice Gropper also agreed that Coquitlam resident Vladimir Shapoval — whose operatory was also raided — can now be identified.
WATCH: Documents reveal dirty dealings of illegal dentist
The College had shut him down back in 2006, but he was allegedly practicing again.
“We are now seeking a contempt order and that will go in front of the courts shortly. Incredibly, he was looking for a return of some of the material that would allow him to practice dentistry,” says Jerome Marburg, Registrar of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.
The latest phony dentist allegations follow the investigation of Teng Sheng Wu, banned by the court in 2003. Only a decade later, he was back in the illegal dentistry trade.
Wu went on the lam, but finally turned himself into Toronto police and is now serving three months in jail.
“I’ve never once yet met someone who is practicing dentistry illegally who is doing it out of the goodness of their heart. These guys are preying on victims and are often causing harm — they are to be avoided,” says Marburg.