The notorious hoverboarding dentist of Alaska has been discovered responsible of fraud and illegal dental acts and was sentenced to 12 years in jail this week, in accordance with the Anchorage Every day Information.
Dentist Seth Lookhart was charged with 42 counts in 2017. Many of the fees associated to a scheme to unnecessarily sedate sufferers or maintain them sedated for prolonged intervals of time in order that Lookhart might inflate Medicaid billing. Prosecutors discovered that Lookhart extensively detailed the scheme himself in textual content messages and raked in practically $2 million from the unjustified sedation.
However, regardless of his profitable sedations, Lookhart is probably going finest recognized for being the dentist who, in 2016, pulled a tooth from a sedated affected person whereas wobbling on a wheeled “hoverboard” scooter. The proof for this transgression once more got here from Lookhart himself, who had the hoverboard process captured on video. Lookhart then shared the video with a number of individuals.
Within the video—performed in court docket final yr and beforehand reported by Ars—Lookhart is seen standing over a sedated affected person, swaying barely on his hoverboard whereas extracting a tooth. As soon as accomplished, he rolls out of the room, strips off his gloves, tosses them, and victoriously throws each fingers within the air as he zooms away down a hallway.
Investigators recognized the affected person as Veronica Wilhelm, who received to confront Lookhart in court docket. When the prosecutor requested her how she would have responded to the hoverboard driving had she recognized and never been sedated, Wilhelm responded: “I’d’ve mentioned ‘Hell no!’” She additionally mentioned she was offended that Lookhart sedated her son for a routine tooth cleansing.
“[You] most likely might’ve been a extremely good dentist,” she mentioned in court docket, immediately addressing Lookhart. “I don’t have something dangerous to say about taking out my tooth, I recognize that, however I simply assume that what you probably did was outrageous, narcissistic , and loopy.”
In January, Anchorage Superior Court docket Choose Michael Wolverton discovered Lookhart responsible on all counts. He wrote in his ruling that the proof in opposition to Lookhart was “merely overwhelming” and emphasised that the “overwhelming quantity to proof” in opposition to Lookhart “was usually supported, and infrequently in excruciating element, by Dr. Lookhart’s personal texts, images, and movies.”
At sentencing this week, Wolverton mentioned he was struck by how harmful the sedations had been for Lookhart’s paients. “In reviewing all this over and over, I’ve this visceral response—you darn close to killed some individuals,” he mentioned.