Unlicensed dentist in Changhua gets 7 months in prison
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) A Changhua County dental laboratory technician was sentenced to seven months in prison on Thursday, after he was arrested for the third time operating a dental clinic without a medical license.
In addition, the Changhua District Court ordered the confiscation of some 25 million Taiwan dollars (835,020 US dollars) of income that the defendant, surnamed Yang (楊), had earned from his illegal work at the clinic.
In its verdict, the court said that in 2016, Yang purchased dental instruments, a dental chair and various types of medicine, and then opened a dental office on Xilin Road in Pitou County.
At the clinic, Yang provided a range of services, including repairing and filling cavities, making and fitting dentures and root canals, even though he was only a dental lab technician and not a trained and licensed dentist, the court heard.
After Yang was reported to the county’s Public Health Bureau in March this year, investigators found he had previously been prosecuted, in 1998 and 2007, for operating illegal dental clinics, but in both cases , he had been given a suspended sentence, the court said.
Imposing his seven-month prison sentence on Thursday, the court said Yang had not been clear about his income from the illegal dental clinic, but a search of his home revealed his accounts, which showed an income of around NT$25 million.
Yang’s recurrence was proof that he had learned no lessons from his previous convictions, so he was sentenced this time to seven months in prison and confiscation of the NT$25 million in illegal earnings, the official said. court in its decision, which can still be appealed. .