Teen Accused of Impersonating a Medical Professional

September 1, 2012
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Trial of “Doogie Houser, MD” impersonator to begin next week in Florida.

Next week, a Florida jury may feel like they are watching an old episode of the 1990’s TV show, “Doogie Houser, M.D.”  Eighteen year old Matthew Scheidt is accused of impersonating a medical professional and treating patients at Osceola Regional Medical Center in August of 2011. Scheidt, who was 17 years old at the time, spent several weeks pretending to be a medical professional, treating patients, changing bandages, and even performing CPR on a patient who was suffering from a drug overdose.  WFTV obtained a video of his nearly three hour confession, which his lawyers are trying to keep from being played at his trial.  Scheidt claims that due to a clerical error, he was given an incorrect identification badge, which indicated that he was a physician assistant.  Scheidt admitted to detectives that he bought scrubs, a pager, and a lab coat to wear in the hospital.  He told investigators that somebody messed up his paperwork when he tried to get a badge for his job as a clerk at a doctor’s office.  He added, ” Their error was putting me in apparently as a physician assistant into their computer… Let’s even say that I said I was a physician assistant.  Let’s even say that I was.  Are you that stupid that you are just going to put me in the system as that, without any credentials or paperwork or nothing?”  He faces two counts of impersonating a physician assistant and four counts of practicing medicine without a license.  He has pleaded not guilty.  According to ABC News, he was again arrested in January for impersonating a police officer.  TeenJury will keep you updated on this interesting case.

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