When some people watch movies such as “Catch Me If You Can” in which the main character portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio is a con artist, they get the wrong impression they might get away in real life like he does in the movie. Such was the case of the now 18-year-old Matthew Scheidt.
The teen was arrested by police officers after the astonishing discovery of hospital staff employees who caught Scheidt in a not-so-elaborate hoax. It turned out that Matthew was given a wrong badge from the hospital that stated he was a “physician assistant” and not a “office clerk” – the position he was actually hired for. The overachiever Scheidt then decided to just go along with it and impersonated a physician assistant. He dressed wounds of injured people, he examined semi-dressed patients and at one point he got the opportunity to perform CPR on a dying person. Luckily, no patients were harmed in any way under Scheidt’s watch.
After the official investigation it was concluded that the 18-year-old had absolutely no qualifications for the position he assumed. Scheidt was imprisoned and later bailed out. A couple of months later after the whole hospital fiasco was over, he was apprehended by an undercover police officer once again. This time Scheidt was caught impersonating a traffic patrol officer on duty. He pulled over vehicles and gave tips to people to drive more carefully and fasten their seat belts.