The SouthPark office of a prominent Charlotte dentist has been closed and seized over unpaid taxes, according to notices on the door Tuesday.
Notices taped to the door of Webber Dentistry on Fairview Road told customers the office was seized because of $65,403 worth of unpaid taxes. The notices were from the Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector.
The practice is owned by Spurgeon Webber III, a dentist whose father was a trailblazer.
Spurgeon Webber Jr., who died in 2011, operated a dental clinic for five decades and was the first African-American to serve on the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners. He and his wife established scholarships and endowments at a number of schools, including Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College.
Webber Dentistry’s East Boulevard office is still operating, and all patients and care have been consolidated there, according to a message posted on Facebook and on the SouthPark office’s door. Webber III couldn’t immediately be reached by phone.
Webber III has run into trouble in the past. In 2007, the N.C. Board of Dental Examiners ordered him to close his practice for a month after he was accused of billing but not performing work on patients. He disputed the allegations.
Webber III also led a group of local investors who became small part-owners of the Charlotte Bobcats NBA franchise in 2003.
“Thank you for your support as we combine operations to strengthen our practice and improve care and services,” Webber wrote in the Facebook post about consolidating in the East Boulevard office.