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Hospital impersonator gets a year in jail

KISSIMMEE, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) —

A Florida teenager was sentenced to a year in jail, convicted of four felonies in impersonating a physician’s assistant in a hospital emergency room.

The sentencing of Matthew Scheidt, 18, Wednesday in Osceola County (Fla.), Court includes a year of house arrest and eight year’s probation following his release from jail, court documents said.

Scheidt was convicted in August of two counts of practicing medicine without a license and two counts of impersonating a physician’s assistant at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla., in 2011, after he, a doctor’s office clerk, was incorrectly listed in hospital computers.

Prosecutors at Scheidt’s trial said he used his hospital badge, identifying him and his incorrect position, to work in the emergency room for weeks, changing bandages, handling intravenous fluids and helping to conduct physical examinations.

He was arrested in September 2011, but back in police custody in January 2012 for impersonating a police officer, CNN reported.

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