Seth Lookhart, 35, was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January, together with medical help fraud, scheme to defraud, unlawful follow of dentistry and reckless endangerment.
Anchorage Superior Court docket Decide Michael Wolverton sentenced Lookhart on Monday to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, the assertion stated. Meaning Lookhart will serve 12 years behind bars. He additionally can not follow dentistry throughout his 10 years of probation.
Lookhart apologized for his actions whereas studying from a ready assertion.
“Wanting again, I am unable to say precisely after I started to go off beam,” he stated, CNN affiliate KTUU reported. “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 may have and will have maintained higher self-discipline and focus whereas serving a affected person base I got here to like.”
He additionally stated he had modified, and requested the court docket to rethink.
“I do know I’d be my finest self and in flip in a position to serve my household and the neighborhood finest if I have been granted the privilege and the hope of a renewed lease on life, working towards dentistry and residing amongst those who I really like,” Lookhart stated.
On the sentencing, Decide Wolverton stated, “I believe what you probably did was so outrageous, narcissistic and loopy. So I forgive you for all that, however there’s clearly a high-priced lesson that you will must study.”
At Lookhart’s trial earlier this 12 months, Wolverton known as the proof towards him “merely overwhelming,” including that it was “usually supported, and sometimes in excruciating element, by Lookhart’s personal texts, photographs and movies.”
Hoverboard incident was simply one among a part of the case
A lawsuit filed by the state in 2017 charged Lookhart with “illegal dental acts,” saying his affected person care didn’t meet skilled requirements. He additionally billed Medicaid for procedures that have been both pointless or not correctly justified.
His case gained widespread consideration over an incident described within the lawsuit, wherein he extracted a tooth from a sedated affected person whereas using a hoverboard, filmed the process after which despatched it to a number of folks.
In a minimum of one dialog, Lookhart joked that performing oral surgical procedure on a hoverboard was a “new normal of care,” the lawsuit stated, citing cellphone data.
The decide stated the hoverboard incident was not probably the most severe side of the case.
Lookhart was discovered to have carried out anesthesia “1000’s of occasions with out coaching or consent, on sufferers outdoors his scope of coaching and experience, whereas stealing cash from Medicaid and embezzling from his bosses,” the assertion from the Division of Regulation stated.
Sufferers on the January trial additionally testified that they’d woken as much as discover that Lookhart had labored on or eliminated the mistaken tooth, or that he had carried out a unique therapy than what they’d agreed to, KTUU reported.
“This isn’t an financial crime,” Eric Senta, an assistant legal professional normal with the Division of Regulation, stated on the sentencing. “This isn’t a case the place the court docket is sentencing somebody who stole $2 million. Lookhart harm folks, susceptible folks, disabled kids.”
Lookhart’s legal professional, Kevin Fitzgerald, argued that his shopper had already confronted penalties for his actions.
“He is misplaced a enterprise, honor, your court docket is properly conscious there are civil fits, there’s been detrimental publicity and the possible lack of his license, which, once more, is pending, however the state’s place is to revoke it completely,” Fitzgerald stated on the sentencing.
Lookhart is scheduled to start out serving his sentence December 7, Senta confirmed to CNN.
Lookhart’s co-defendants — his workplace supervisor Shauna Cranford and his company, Lookhart Dental LLC — are scheduled for sentencing later this week, the assertion stated.
Prosecutors are pushing for the court docket to order Lookhart to pay greater than $2 million “to compensate for the funds that Lookhart fraudulently obtained from the Alaska Medicaid system and embezzled,” the Division of Regulation assertion stated.