A former Omaha dentist at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center was sentenced Thursday to two years on probation in the theft of precious metals and dental equipment from the facility.
U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom issued the sentence, which included a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, after Randall Toothaker, 59, pleaded no contest last month to theft of government property. He faced up to 10 years in prison.
Investigators say Toothaker took more than $16,000 worth of dental equipment and dental gold while working at the VA dental clinic in 2013. Officers searched his car outside the clinic and found a bag containing clinic property.
“It’s a fair disposition of this case,’’ Stoler said.
Before Strom’s ruling, Stoler urged probation, telling the judge that Toothaker had compiled “an excellent career in dentistry.’’
“He (Toothaker) has been the subject of much ignominy,’’ Stoler said. “He’s willing to accept punishment from this court.’’
In December, Stoler told the court that Toothaker was working for a dental group in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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