Former Doc Arrested for Stealing Surgical Equipment
It's the latest in a long series of unusual events involving Roy Chi Wing Lung.
Published: August 15, 2013
A long, strange trip for a former doctor in California has taken another odd twist. Roy Chi Wing Lung, 46, is free on bail after being arrested for stealing surgical equipment from a Fountain Valley, Calif., hospital.
Dr. Lung, who reportedly lost his license to practice in 2009, has a long history of arrests and other bizarre episodes.
The most recent happened this past Sunday after he was spotted wearing scrubs and a wig at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital. An employee recognized him as someone police were looking for and notified security guards, who called the police. Dr. Lung was arrested as he was driving away.
The hospital had reported 2 other thefts since May. When police searched Dr. Lung's home, they found a stash of stolen equipment. They were trying to determine both its value and what Dr. Lung was doing with the equipment.
Dr. Lung's history of legal entanglements dates back to at least 2004, when he was charged with stealing 2 computers and another physician's parking sticker at Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Hospital. After spending 4 days in jail, he was sentenced to time served, 200 hours of community service and 3 years of probation.
In 2007 and 2008, he aroused suspicion at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, in the first instance, identifying himself to a nurse as Dr. Lin, while refusing to show identification, in the second by wearing scrubs and a fleece jacket with the hospital's insignia, which only staff members are allowed to wear. In the 2007 confrontation, the nurse said his "pockets were puffed." In the 2008 encounter, Lung told police he was resting in the doctors' lounge. He later admitted he'd been going there once a week for about 10 years to shower and sleep and had taken supplies, which he used and sold.
In 2010, he pleaded guilty to resisting a peace officer and obstructing a business and was sentenced to 20 days of community service and placed on 3 years of informal probation, which was set to expire next month.
His license to practice medicine was revoked in 2009, after he continued to practice despite having had his license suspended — the result of 2 patient deaths under his care in an emergency room. Medical board officials also blamed Lung for 2 deaths that occurred under his ER care in 2002 and 2003.
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