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FL teen charged with impersonating physician’s assistant

ABC News, September 6, 2011
A 17-year-old is facing felony charges for his real-life "Catch Me If You Can"-style prank that could have put lives in danger. Matthew Scheidt was arrested Friday, accused of impersonating a physician's assistant for five days at a central Florida hospital. According to police, the untrained teen spent time in the operating room and emergency room, where he conducted exams, provided patient care and accessed restricted patient information. It all started on Aug. 24, when Scheidt allegedly went to the human resources office at the Osceola Regional Medical Center and requested a new hospital badge, according to the police report. He allegedly said he was a physician's assistant in a program at Nova Southeastern University and he needed to replace his old badge, which had out of date information. Police said that though he gave two different explanations to two different people in the HR department, he was given a badge with his name and picture, stating that he was a P.A. That week, Scheidt repeatedly presented himself as a P.A. in the emergency room, according to police.

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