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Matthew Scheidt had worked as a part-time billing clerk in the Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. But Schiedt wanted more, so he allegedly pretended to be a physician’s assistant, and went to the personnel office and requested an ID badge identifying him as a PA. They obligingly provided one, and Scheidt allegedly worked for a week in the hospital’s emergency room, performing CPR on a patient in cardiac arrest, and performing physical exams and other forms of care to various unsuspecting patients. When an office manager finally confronted Scheidt, he claimed to be a deputy sheriff working on an undercover investigation so “top secret” the agency would not be allowed to verify his assignment. The manager didn’t buy it: Scheidt is only 17, and apparently looks it. He was arrested and charged with five counts of impersonating a physician’s assistant, a felony. The boy was previously tossed out of the sheriff’s explorer program — for dressing up like a real deputy. (MS/Orlando Sentinel) ...And now, he’ll be able to see what a real deputy looks like, 24/7.
Original Publication Date: 02 October 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 18.

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