Enlarge /. A man tests a Hovertrax hoverboard manufactured by Razor at the International Toy Fair 2017 in Nuremberg on January 1, 2017.
The infamous Alaskan hoverboarding dentist has been found guilty of fraud and illegal dental practices and sentenced to 12 years in prison this week, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Dentist Seth Lookhart was charged 42 counts in 2017. Most of the charges related to a system of unnecessarily calming patients or keeping patients calm so that Lookhart could inflate the Medicaid billing. Prosecutors found that Lookhart himself extensively described the system in text messages and raised nearly $ 2 million from the unjustified reassurance.
Despite his lucrative comforts, Lookhart is probably best known for being the dentist who pulled a tooth from a sedated patient in 2016 while jiggling a hoverboard on a roll-scooter. The evidence for this violation came again from Lookhart himself, who had the hoverboard procedure recorded on video. Lookhart then shared the video with several people.
Video of Lookhart removing a tooth on a hoverboard.
Lookhart rides away from tooth extraction on his hoverboard.
In the video played in court last year and previously reported by Ars, Lookhart stands over a sedated patient and sways slightly on his hoverboard while pulling out a tooth. As soon as he's finished, he rolls out of the room, takes off his gloves, throws them away, and victoriously throws both hands in the air as he zooms down a hallway.
Investigators identified the patient as Veronica Wilhelm, who Lookhart had to confront in court. When the public prosecutor asked her how she would have reacted to the hoverboarding if she had known and had not been sedated, Wilhelm replied: “I would have 'Hell no! & # 39; Said. “She also said she was angry that Lookhart sedated her son for a routine teeth cleaning.
"[You] probably could have been a really good dentist," she said in court, reaching out to Lookhart directly. "I can't say anything bad about taking my tooth out, I appreciate that, but I just think that what you did was outrageous, narcissistic, and insane."
In January, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Lookhart guilty on all counts. He wrote in his ruling that the evidence against Lookhart was "simply overwhelming" and emphasized that the "overwhelming amount of evidence" against Lookhart "was often and often backed up in excruciating detail by Dr. Lookhart's own texts, photos and videos."
At the sentencing this week, Wolverton said he was impressed with how dangerous the sedations were for Lookhart's patients. "When I check this all over and over again, I have this visceral reaction – you almost killed a few people," he said.