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Atherton dentist pleads not guilty to defrauding patients

Trial date is set for April

Kim Chi Vu, the 52-year-old dentist from Atherton who was charged in May with defrauding patients and an insurance company by charging for services that were not completed or were misrepresented, on Dec. 3 pleaded not guilty to all charges.

A jury trial has been scheduled for April 11, 2016, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

In the meantime, Ms. Vu remains out of custody on a $125,000 bail bond. She was charged with five felony counts of grand theft and theft by false pretenses.

According to the DA'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.

— Barbara Wood

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by Frank
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Fraud is always a despicable crime, but when perpetrated (allegedly) by a professional in whom we place our trust, it is especially bad. At times I wonder if having ethics is a bygone expectation.


3 people like this
Posted by Farmere
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

We should award a plaque to Really for the clever pun.


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