An Anchorage dentist captured video extracting a patient’s teeth as he sentenced a hovering ride to 12 years in prison for Medicaid fraud and other crimes.
Seth Lookhart’s antics “killed some people,” Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Woolverton sentenced on Monday.
“And then, after that,” the judge said, “you bragged about it in your texts.”
The 2016 hoverboard stunt, which took place as Lookhart, performed a tooth extraction on an unconscious patient, before a comprehensive investigation into his practices.
Veronica Wilhelm told the court that Wolverton on Monday cited the testimony of that patient from December: “What you did was abusive, intoxicating and insane.”
The 35-year-old dentist was convicted in January in more than 40 cases, including “unlawful dental acts”, reckless endangerment and Medicaid fraud.
Evidence presented at trial suggests that other patients were sedated while they were unconscious, breathing and heart complications, and in some cases nearly died.
The patients also testified that they woke up with anesthesia to see if Lucart worked or got the wrong teeth or deviated from the agreed treatment plan.
The judge said he was particularly struck by the numerous text messages in which Lucart told friends about his crimes.
Lahert read the prepared statement and apologized in court.
“Although 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 should have maintained better discipline and while serving the patient base The focus should be on what I liked., “She said.
His lawyer, Kevin FitzGerald, pleaded for lobbying during the sentencing, stating that Lucart lost his business, faced lawsuits, was the subject of “negative publicity” and was “likely” to lose his license.
“I know that I will be my best self and, in return, be able to best serve my family and community if I am privileged and renewed to practice dentistry and live among those on life Is expected to lease what I like, ”Lahrat told the court on Monday.
Woolverton sentenced Luhar to 20 years, but suspended eight of them.
FitzGerald said he would ask correctional officers whether Lukhart could serve from home with ankle monitoring to prevent the spread of coronovirus, according to KBCU, an NBC affiliate in Anchorage.
Court records show the dentist was back in court on December 7, when he was expected to begin his sentence.