By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 1, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Filipino dentist from Daly City, Calif. arrested in an FBI gun trafficking and corruption case alongside suspended State Sen. Leland Yee, tried to maintain a profile of an outstanding member of the community.
Dr. Wilson S. Lim has owned and operated this dental practice since at least 1990, according to the Dental Board of California.
From 2010 to 2013 Lim served as a commissioner on the San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Recovery Commission.
He was also a member for that county’s Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber’s past president says he was always associated with Yee.
“I’ve just been remembering him as a person who joined in the Chamber of Commerce who was seen occasionally at some community events, and I usually see him with his family and two kids at restaurants,” former Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce President Fel Amistad told Balitang America in a phone interview. “Of course, I see him a lot with Senator or Dr. Yee at campaign fundraisers or campaign events. But he’s no mastermind or demon or evil person intended to create trouble. I don’t think he’s that type of person, honestly speaking.”
His dental office staff told Balitang America that he was engaged in local politics, specifically as a backer of Senator Yee.
“As far as we know, Dr. Wilson Lim is a campaign supporter of Leland Yee,” Artika Singh, an employee at Lim’s dental office, said.
Lim’s financial troubles began in 2011 when he was sued by his landlord after failing to pay rent on a San Mateo Chinese restaurant he owned.
According to reports, the restaurant was closed “due to acts of ill-repute and prostitution being committed in these upstairs rooms”.
Following the lawsuit, Lim suffered from a heart attack and stroke that led to a coma.
Lim was hospitalized for two and a half months which resulted in memory loss, requiring dialysis, and the use of a pacemaker.
While Lim’s health was on the decline, so were his finances.
He had to sell his home in the posh city of Hillsborough and ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2012.
According to his court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, Randy Sugarman, Lim was listed at $1.3 million in mortgage debt.
Lim and Yee are charged with conspiracy to illegally purchase and smuggle weapons.
Lim was released from custody on $50,000 bail.