PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Tampa man after he provided a fraudulent nursing license to his employer and provided medical care to patients over a four year period.
Timothy Lookabaugh, 58, worked for Air Ambulance Worldwide, formerly in unincorporated Palm Harbor.
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation began in May 2018 after detectives were notified by the Florida Department of Health Investigative Services Unit of a potential license fraud.
Detectives said Air Ambulance Worldwide discovered that Lookabaugh provided a fraudulent State of Florida Registered Nurse license and license number.
The issue was identified in April during an internal review at the business.
The CEO for the company notified the DOH and Lookabaugh was terminated.
Detectives learned Lookabaugh was a licensed paramedic in Pennsylvania prior to being hired by Air Ambulance Worldwide as a flight paramedic in February 2014.
The RN license number Lookabaugh provided was assigned to a woman who previously worked for Air Ambulance Worldwide and is now retired.
During the four years Lookabaugh was employed, the license aided him in holding flight nurse, flight coordinator and Director of Medical Services positions.
Records show Lookabaugh provided medical care to patients and completed approximately 53 medical flights in a registered nurse capacity.
No medical emergencies were documented during any of the flights.
At the time of his termination, he was working as Director of Medical Services.
Detectives interview Lookabaugh on Friday, where he admitted to the allegations.
He was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
Lookabaugh is charged with one count of unlicensed practice of a health care profession.