An Anchorage dentist captured on video extracting a affected person’s tooth as he rode a hoverboard was sentenced to 12 years for Medicaid fraud and different crimes.
Seth Lookhart’s antics “darn close to killed some individuals,” Alaska Superior Courtroom Choose Michael Wolverton mentioned at sentencing Monday.
“After which, after that,” the choose mentioned, “you bragged about it in your texts.”
The 2016 hoverboard stunt, which occurred as Lookhart carried out a tooth extraction on a sedated affected person, preceded a wider probe of his practices.
Wolverton on Monday quoted that affected person’s testimony from December: “What you probably did was outrageous, narcissistic and loopy,” Veronica Wilhelm instructed the court docket.
The 35-year-old dentist was convicted in January of greater than 40 counts, together with “illegal dental acts,” reckless endangerment and Medicaid fraud.
Proof introduced at trial confirmed different sufferers have been left unattended whereas sedated, had respiratory and coronary heart problems and in some instances practically died.
Sufferers additionally testified they woke from anesthesia to find Lookhart labored on or eliminated the mistaken enamel or strayed from agreed therapy plans.
The choose mentioned he was notably struck by quite a few textual content messages wherein Lookhart bragged to associates about his crimes.
Lookhart apologized in court docket whereas studying a ready assertion.
“Whereas I don’t doubt that I used to be in a position to render care and alleviate the ache to many individuals who have been in dire want, I additionally know that I might have and may have maintained higher self-discipline and focus whereas serving a affected person base I got here to like,” he mentioned.
His lawyer, Kevin Fitzgerald, pleaded for leniency throughout sentencing, saying that Lookhart misplaced his enterprise, confronted lawsuits, was the topic of “damaging publicity” and is “possible” to lose his license.
“I do know I’d be my greatest self and, in flip, have the ability to serve my household and the group greatest if I have been granted the privilege and the hope of a renewed lease on life training dentistry and residing amongst those who I like,” Lookhart instructed the court docket Monday.
Wolverton sentenced Lookhart to 20 years, however with eight of them suspended.
Fitzgerald mentioned he would ask corrections officers if Lookhart can serve from residence with an ankle monitor to stop the unfold of coronavirus, in accordance with NBC affiliate KTUU in Anchorage.
Courtroom information present the dentist was due again in court docket Dec. 7, when he was anticipated to start serving his sentence.