A dentist from Anchorage, Alaska, filmed himself extracting a tooth from a sedated patient. He did it while standing on a hoverboard.
On Monday, Seth Lookhart, 34, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on dozens of other charges investigators found after a deeper probe that included the hoverboard stunt and removing a patient’s teeth without permission.
In the video taken in July 2016, Lookhart is seen performing oral surgery while balancing himself on the hoverboard.
The clip then cuts to him riding away, removing his gloves and raising his arms up in an apparent victory-lap.
According to court documents, Lookhart texted the video to eight people and jokingly described his stunt as “a new standard of care.”
You can watch the Inside Edition news report showing the video clip here:
Lookhart was convicted earlier this year for 46 counts—including embezzlement, reckless endangerment and unlawful dental acts.
Charges were filed against Lockhart in 2017 when a former employee told investigators that the dentist had been defrauding the Alaska Medicaid program by offering expensive intravenous sedation longer than necessary to Medicare patients instead of anesthesia.
According to Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton said Lookhart nearly killed several patients with his numerous transgressions.
Wolverton told Lookhart in court:
“In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response—you darn near killed some people.”
When the trial began last November, the sedated patient in the video, Veronica Wilhelm, testified in court and told Lookhart:
“What you did was outrageous, narcissistic and crazy.”
Lookhart’s attorney, Paul Stockler, apologized to Wilhelm in court on behalf of his client.
“I want you to know that as his lawyer, I apologize for what he did on that hoverboard.”
“It’s unacceptable and you can be assured that when I agreed to represent him, I got in his face and told him what I thought about him for doing this, which I think needed to be done.”
The Alaska Dental Board suspended Lookhart’s license in 2017 after charges against him were filed.
The judge ordered him not to practice medicine for ten years once he is released from prison.
The Anchorage Daily News added that prosecutors asked the judge to demand Lookhart pay $2.2 million in restitution for the fraud and embezzlement, but the amount will be determined at a hearing later this month.