Matthew Scheidt, 18, has been convicted of four felonies after impersonating a physician’s assistant. The Florida teenager had been working in a hospital emergency room for weeks before he was arrested.
The issue started when Scheidt was given the wrong work badge. He went to the hospital to receive a work badge for his job as a doctor’s office clerk, but was instead put into the system as a physician’s assistant. He used his new credentials to work in the hospital emergency department, and helped changed bandages, handle IV’s, and helping to conduct exams. Scheidt even helped give a patient CPR as they were suffering from a drug overdose.
Scheidt commented on the error that let him be able to work in the hospital. “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 any paperwork or nothing?”
He further commented on giving CPR while he was working. “I felt so uncomfortable even doing that. And, you know, 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 was convicted on two counts of practicing medicine without a license, and two counts of impersonating a physician’s assistant. The hospital he worked at was Osceola Regional Medical Center. Commenting on the charges, Scheidt said, “I messed up. I should have addressed the issue when it was given to me. I just didn’t want any questions asked, like I just wanted to learn as much as I possibly could.”
Matther Scheidt was convicted and will spend one year under house arrest, and eight years under probation.
In January, Matthew was again arrested- this time for impersonating a police officer.