Matthew Scheidt, an eighteen-year old kid, was sentenced to a year in jail after a four-felony conviction involving his impersonating a physician’s assistant after a credentialing mix-up at the hospital he was working at. Elliott already took the Catch Me If You Can jokes, and I don’t really feel like scraping bottom of the barrel with Dana Carvey bits.
When Scheidt was 17, he got a job as a desk clerk at Osceola Regional Medical Center. Everyone in the hospital needs an ID badge. So when he went to get his, his badge said that he was a physician’s assistant.
While speaking with investigators, he had this to say about the moment he got the badge:
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 any paperwork or nothing?
So, instead of, y’know, telling HR that there was a mix-up and he needs his real badge, he decides to play doctor. For weeks he changed bandages, handled IVs and conducted exams. He even went so far as to perform CPR on someone falling victim to a drug overdose. “The only reason why I did do it was because there was nobody else in there. And I’m not going to let her die,” Scheidt said.
So, he’s not a total jerk. Or he was super lying and someone else was in there.
He was arrested in September 2011, and was allowed out on bond. And then less than five months later, he was arrested again for impersonating a police officer. Something tells me he didn’t accidentally get handed a badge and a gun and a uniform on that one.
Anyway, the kid’s going to be in jail for a year, then under house arrest for another, and then eight months’ probation. Which means if he keeps his nose clean, he’ll be, relatively speaking, on his own again around 21. Maybe then he can impersonate being a bartender.
Question: I once accidentally convinced an entire Canadian bar that I was, indeed, Canadian. Have you ever found yourself pretending to be something and convincing everyone you were that thing?