False nursing licence results in criminal charge

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© Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Booking photo of Timothy Lookabaugh

Detectives assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 59-year-old Timothy Lookabaugh after he provided a fraudulent nursing license to his employer and provided medical care to patients while working for a medical air service provider.

Air Ambulance Worldwide discovered during an internal review of records in April 2018 that one of its employees had provided a fraudulent State of Florida Registered Nurse (RN) license and license number. Mark Jones, CEO of Air Ambulance Worldwide, said to AirMed&Rescue: “Once the anomaly in our records had been identified, Timothy Lookabaugh was relieved of duty and we immediately notified the Florida Department of Emergency Medical Services. His employment was then terminated.”

Through the course of their investigation, detectives learned that Lookabaugh was a licensed paramedic in Pennsylvania prior to being hired by Air Ambulance Worldwide as a flight paramedic in February 2014. In August 2014, Lookabaugh told company officials he completed nursing school and provided Air Ambulance Worldwide with a document that appeared to be a valid State of Florida Registered Nurse (RN) license and license number. Detectives say the registered nurse (RN) license number Lookabaugh provided was assigned to a woman who previously worked for Air Ambulance Worldwide, and is now retired. Records showed that Lookabaugh provided medical care to patients during his employment; no medical emergencies were documented during any of these flights.

 

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