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Seth Lookhart was convicted of 46 crimes and misdemeanors at Anchorage High Court on Friday by Judge Michael Wolverton, who called the evidence presented by the state during a five-week bench trial "overwhelming." the Law Department said in a press release.

A lawsuit filed by the state in 2017 accused Lookhart of "illegal dental acts", saying his patient care did not meet professional standards.

Lookhart the process said, "performed a tooth extraction procedure on a sedated patient while flying a hoverboard", filmed the procedure and sent it to several people.

In at least one conversation, Lookhart joked that performing oral surgery on a hoverboard was a "new standard of care," the lawsuit said, citing telephone records.

Lookhart has also been accused of healthcare fraud by billing Medicaid for unnecessary or unjustified procedures and theft of $ 25,000 or more, embezzling funds from Alaska Dental Arts, among dozens of others.

The evidence indicated that Lookhart "believed he could get away with his fraud indefinitely and that he believed his scheme was infallible," said Judge Wolverton, according to the Law Department press release. This evidence "was often supported, and often in excruciating detail, by Lookhart's own texts, photos and videos".

A Lookhart lawyer, who pleaded not guilty in every respect, declined to comment on Sunday.

He is due to be sentenced on April 30.

& # 39; It's crazy! & # 39; hoverboard patient said

The Alaska Law Department thanked several former Lookhart patients who testified during the trial, including the patient whose tooth was removed while Lookhart was filmed on the hoverboard.

Veronica Wilhelm testified that she did not consent to being filmed while sedated, nor to having her teeth pulled out while Lookhart was on the hoverboard, Affiliate of CNN KTUU reported last month.

Wilhelm didn't even know about the video until she was contacted by investigators, she said.

"I would have said & # 39; hell, no! & # 39; No, this is not professional," she testified, according to KTUU. "It's crazy."

Stockler apologized to Wilhelm in court on behalf of his client.

"It is unacceptable and make sure that when I agreed to represent him, I got in his face and told him what I thought of him for doing that," he said.

According to KTUU, Wilhelm went to Lookhart and said he thought he "could have made better choices".

CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report.



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