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Florida Teen Jailed For Impersonating Health Worker



Florida teenager was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail after he was convicted of four felonies linked to his impersonation last year of a physician’s assistant in a hospital emergency room.

CNN reports Matthew Scheidt, 18, will then spend a year under house arrest, followed by eight years’ probation. 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 August 2011, when he was 17. Scheidt told investigators that the ruse began when he went to the hospital to get a badge for his job as a clerk at a doctor’s office across the street. But someone botched the paperwork.

Prosecutors said Scheidt used the badge to work in the hospital emergency room for weeks, changing bandages, handling IVs and helping to conduct exams.

He was arrested in September 2011 and allowed to bond out. But in January, he was back in police custody. The charge: impersonating a police officer.