Kid, 17, Dupes Fla. Hospital, Snags ER Job

Police say Matthew Scheidt wore lab coat, examined patients, gave CPR
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2011 7:45 AM CDT
Seventeen-year-old Matthew Scheidt has been arrested on five counts of impersonating a physician's assistant.   (Kissimmee police department)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of impersonating a physician's assistant and working in a Florida hospital's emergency room for a week, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Police say Matthew Scheidt dressed in a lab coats and surgical scrubs, conducted physical exams, and reportedly even gave CPR to a man suffering a heart attack. Scheidt told the hospital he was a 23-year-old physician's assistant from a nearby university, bragging that his mother was an executive at the company that owned the hospital and that he was a surgical assistant.

When the hospital confronted Scheidt about his deception, he claimed to be on a "top secret" investigation for the police. It wasn't Scheidt's first time faking an important job. He was kicked out of a program at the local Sheriff's office for teens with an interest in law enforcement careers, allegedly for trying to pass himself off as a deputy. "They're going to have real problems if somebody got hurt as a result of this kid," said one lawyer. "There's being duped and there's being stupid…If this is their level of competence, God help anybody who goes there for other matters."

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