Dr. Seth Lookhart is in a lot of trouble.
This Anchorage Dentist has been unnecessarily sedating patients in an attempt to maximize the payments that he was getting from Medicaid. In addition to that, he engaged in many unsafe practices while in the office, needlessly endangering his patients.
Lookhart performed a tooth extraction while standing on a hover board while a patient was sedated. He then filmed it and sent it to his friends.
It’s not like dentists don’t have a terrible reputation as is, but this breach of trust just creates a whole new mountain of issues.
Lookhart wasn’t just a bad dentist, he was a crook. He billed $2 million for sedation that was unjustified. He also illegally tried to divert funds from his employer.
There is a good chance he will be going away for a long time, but the authorities have to make sure that he does not skip out on his bail. He has ties to Brazil and there is a chance that he just might try to flee.
Lookhart appeared at his bail hearing Wednesday at Anchorage’s Boney Courthouse, where District Court Judge Jennifer Henderson sided with the state in determining that he posed a flight risk for international travel. Lookhart’s ties to Brazil, where he owns a dental clinic, and his apparent possession of significant financial resources factored into Henderson’s decision, she said. “I am not trying to express any particular point of view as to the charges,” Henderson said. But they were serious, Henderson said, and “if true, very duplicitous.” Lookhart forfeited his passport at the hearing, and his bail was set at $250,000 cash-corporate bond, to be paid by Friday morning. Lookhart and his attorney, Michael Moberly, declined to comment after the hearing.