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Dentist says he’s working to get seized equipment back from tax collectors

A notice taped to the door of Webber Dentistry on Fairview Road told customers that the business was seized because of unpaid taxes.
A notice taped to the door of Webber Dentistry on Fairview Road told customers that the business was seized because of unpaid taxes. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER STAFF PHOTO

A prominent dentist whose SouthPark office was seized over allegedly unpaid taxes said Wednesday that he’s working to get equipment and patient records back, while continuing to see patients at his other two offices.

Spurgeon Webber III’s East Boulevard and University area offices are open. Patients at the Fairview Road office have been greeted with a notice from the Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector saying the premises are sealed and the contents seized because of $65,403 worth of unpaid taxes.

“We are going to work out arrangements to continue to pay what we owe to the County, IRS and (landlord) American Asset Corporation,” said Webber, in an email. “We have hired experts to help us recover our equipment, instruments, servers, intellectual property and damages from the SouthPark Offices.”

He said his practice has been completely shut out of the SouthPark office, and hasn’t been able to get patient records or billing information.

“I am sorry that I have incurred these debts. It has strained my family and impacted patient care and cost jobs,” Webber wrote.

Court records also show liens totaling more than $1 million from the IRS against Webber’s practice.

Webber said he felt the actions taken against the practice were “malicious and excessive,” and have shut down a viable business.

“In essence, lethal action to permanently halt operations were performed,” said Webber.

Webber is the son of Spurgeon Webber Jr., the first African-American to serve on the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners, who died in 2011. He operated a dental clinic in Charlotte for five decades and established numerous scholarships for students, including at Johnson C. Smith University and Central Piedmont Community College.

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