Seth Lookhart, a dentist in Alaska, pulled a tooth out of a sedated girl’s mouth whereas balancing on a hoverboard, one video confirmed. He rolled down the hallway, pulled his gloves off and threw his arms within the air, one other confirmed.
Mr. Lookhart then despatched the movies to people outside the practice, prosecutors stated, and the footage grew to become a part of a wide-ranging case towards the dentist on fees of fraud, embezzlement and illegal dental acts.
On Monday, Decide Michael Wolverton of Anchorage Superior Courtroom sentenced Mr. Lookhart to twenty years in jail, with eight years suspended, and to 10 years of probation, an announcement from Alaska’s Department of Law stated this week. Mr. Lookhart had been charged in 2017 with felony offenses of medical help fraud, theft within the second diploma and a scheme to defraud.
Different fees included misdemeanor offenses for medical help fraud and unlawful dental acts, the state prosecutor’s workplace stated. The prosecutors stated that Mr. Lookhart, 35, “almost killed many patients by performing anesthesia thousands of times without training or consent, on patients outside his scope of training and expertise, while stealing money from Medicaid and embezzling from his bosses.”
A separate listening to is scheduled for the tip of this month to find out restitution, to compensate for the funds that Mr. Lookhart fraudulently obtained from the Alaska Medicaid system and embezzled, the workplace stated. Prosecutors are looking for $2.2 million, they stated.
Mr. Lookhart was found guilty on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January. His lawyer, Kevin Fitzgerald, couldn’t instantly be reached on Friday.
Studying from a ready assertion in court docket, Mr. Lookhart stated that “looking back, I can’t say exactly when I began to go off course,” according to the local news outlet KTUU. “While I do not doubt that I was able to render care and alleviate the pain to many people who were in dire need, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while serving a patient base I came to love.”
He added, “I know I would be my best self and in turn able to serve my family and the community best if I were granted the privilege and the hope of a renewed lease on life, practicing dentistry and living among those that I love.”
Mr. Lookhart graduated from dental faculty in 2014 and moved to Alaska to work, in line with the criminal complaint against him. He began out as a contractor for a neighborhood clinic earlier than forming his personal observe within the Anchorage space known as Clear Creek Dental, owned by his company, Lookhart Dental LLC, it stated. He constructed his dentistry principally round Medicaid recipients, prosecutors stated.
He additionally started providing IV sedation, an motion that helped carry him to the eye of the authorities.
The state began investigating Mr. Lookhart’s clinic in 2016, after a former worker contacted the authorities to report that he was performing extra sedation than crucial on Medicaid sufferers to extend earnings, prosecutors stated. The previous worker additionally stated that Mr. Lookhart was engaged “in other questionable practices,” they added.
The criticism accused Mr. Lookhart of charging sufferers for pointless intravenous sedation, in addition to billing Medicaid as much as $2.5 million for these procedures, between Might 2015 and February 2017.
Investigators discovered the movies of Mr. Lookhart on the hoverboard on his cellphone and that of his workplace supervisor, Shauna Cranford, the criticism says. One “appeared to be a tooth extraction being performed by Lookhart while he was riding a hoverboard.” He despatched it to a number of folks and joked in regards to the process representing a “new standard of care,” the criticism says.
A second video exhibits him driving the hoverboard within the workplace, it says.
The affected person within the video, a lady, was not conscious she was being recorded, the criticism says.
Mr. Lookhart’s co-defendants — Ms. Cranford and his company — are scheduled for sentencing this week on the identical fees. Ms. Cranford had pleaded responsible to fees earlier than Mr. Lookhart’s conviction, prosecutors said in January.