August 30th, 2012
08:27 PM ET

Jury finds Florida teen guilty of impersonating a physician assistant

A Florida jury found a teenager guilty Thursday of impersonating a physician assistant and practicing medicine without a license.

Matthew Scheidt spent some two weeks posing as a professional at the Osceola Regional Medical Center in August 2011. He was just 17 at the time.

Scheidt told investigators he went to the hospital last year to get a badge for his job as a clerk at a doctor's office across the street. But he said someone botched the paperwork.

He was charged with two counts of impersonating a physician assistant and three counts of practicing medicine without a license. He was found guilty on four of the five counts, excluding one count of practicing medicine without a license.

Scheidt is scheduled to be sentenced on November 14. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Scheidt worked in the hospital's emergency room, changing bandages and helping to conduct exams. He sported a lab coat, scrubs and a stethoscope, in addition to the badge that identified him as a physician assistant.

He held the hand of a child who was getting sutures and helped to restrain an unruly psychiatric patient, trial testimony showed.

After his arrest, Scheidt admitted to performing CPR on a patient suffering from a drug overdose, authorities told CNN affiliate WFTV.

"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," he told investigators at the time, according to the television station.

During his interrogation, Scheidt confessed and admitted he had made mistakes, according to WFTV.

"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," he said.

Scheidt pleaded not guilty to the charges and had sought to get his confession thrown out of court. The defense argued that Scheidt presented himself as a student, not a physician assistant, and that whatever contact he had with patients was minimal and meant simply to provide comfort.

He was arrested in September 2011 and allowed to bond out.

But in January, Scheidt was back in police custody.

The charge: impersonating a police officer.

CNN's Lateef Mungin and In Session's Aletse Mellado contributed to this report.

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  1. banasy©

    Ah, another great pretender.
    Someone botched the paperwork.
    Lol. Yeah. Okay.
    Who botched the paperwork letting him impersonate a police officer?

    This kid is going to get himself/someone killed.

    August 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guest

    This just in: Scheidt impersonates a prisoner ! lol

    August 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. talkic social change

    It sounds like he has some delusions about himself.

    August 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Hey....I think this guy removed my brain tumor! Doctor doctor ...Nah...I only play one in ER!

    August 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      he may have stayed in a holiday inn express last night too. Remember that commercial? Hilarious...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jay jay

    catch me if you can is the name of that movie. Duh jay jay. Lol

    August 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay jay

    oh shoot I forgot it was true!

    August 31, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kenney

    @Jay jay,,,im the one that your after .why dont you just look to see if you can see light under your belly just check , if you cant see anything then that should expalain its self .

    August 31, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "Make my day, sissy"?
      Oh, you're right, that's now hateful at all...

      Actually, this is counter-productive, and is starting to sound like a bragging session...so I'll let you guys have at it.
      Ciao.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    @little mister-all good points, add to that don't troll or impersonate other people either. Maybe I am under the rock outside your house.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jay jay

    I kinda fell off the exercise wagon this summer. It's too damn hot and I get lazy. You forgot one thing tho. Avoid stress at all cost (if you can) That will kill ya quicker than fried foods...

    August 31, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    Meh. I've been pretending to be a decent human being for almost 5 decades. I've fooled most of you.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Lmao. And I thought all Canadians were decent humans.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    The Talented Mr Ripley is the other movie name you're looking for.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jay jay

    oh god. That was funny. You forgot Elmo...

    August 31, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      i see the CNN moderators were very busy last night deleting posts...

      August 31, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. No different THAN THIS

    The head of Fort Leavenworth motorpool impersonating his rank at 5 locations: 5 rank impersonations and lived like a KING at country club FORT LEAVENWORTH > FACT. Maybe a C.I.A. job would be next !!!

    August 31, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Exactly

    Exactly what drugs did THIS phony doctor prescribe, and exactly what was in those drugs. ty

    August 31, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Frieda

      He was posing as a PA; he couldn't write precriptions. yw.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. This Just In

    All of the regulars know who they are. Thanks, anyway.
    If you would like to have your name removed from the He-Man Woman Haters Club list, hold Darla's hand one more time. 🙂

    August 31, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      I wanted my name on it originally but it is more fun stirring people up. When I type using one name I have to be nicer and not so goofy.

      August 31, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Frieda

      Somebody's jealous, huh? I'm not on it, and I don't care. yw.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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