Atherton dentist charged with defrauding patients


Kim Chi Vu, a 52-year-old dentist from Atherton, has been charged with defrauding patients and an insurance company by charging for services that were not completed or were misrepresented.

Ms. Vu is out of custody on a $125,000 bail bond, charged with five felony counts of grand theft and theft by false pretenses.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, the charges date back to 2010 and 2011, when Ms. Vu was a dentist in San Mateo. She is accused of billing a patient for a root canal that never happened, and of charging five patients for a more expensive type of tooth alignment system than they were given, and of then abandoning their treatment, leaving the patients to find new dentists.

Ms. Vu was charged in May, and on Aug. 13 she waived her right to a speedy trial; a preliminary hearing on her case has been set for Nov. 12, the DA's office reported.

DA investigators reported that they had found other questionable billings by the dentist that could not be prosecuted because they were beyond the statute of limitations.

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Posted by JA3+
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Kim Chi Vu DDS has been the subject of several prior actions by the State of California Dental Board; see here:
Web Link

and here:
Web Link

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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Wow, this is really alarming. I'm way overdue for dental work, but have been having trouble finding a dentist I feel I can trust, and who won't try and sell me a bill of goods.

Thanks,JA3+,for providing the two web links for unsuspecting consumers.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Pearl: Try Dustin Ford, University Dr. Menlo Park. Good, efficient and will give an estimate.

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