A man is under investigation in St. Cloud, Minnesota after allegedly pretending to be Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour in order to receive nearly $100,000 in medical care from a local hospital.
While no charges have been filed against the man, Philip Michael Schaeffer, 53, was arrested last week by St. Cloud Police and booked for investigation of felony theft by swindle, according to the St. Cloud Times, which reports that Schaeffer allegedly took the ruse so far as to sign an autograph for the son of a hospital employee.
According to police, Schaeffer arrived at St. Cloud Hospital on April 20, checked in as David Gilmour, was treated and released. But, hospital spokesperson Jeanine Nistler told the paper, employees suspected he was an imposter. She says, “So our security supervisor pulled up the security camera shots of when this man entered the hospital and compared them to pictures on the Internet of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and determined he was not David Gilmour.”
Schaeffer returned to the hospital April 24, claimed again to be Gilmour, and said he stopped in St. Cloud during a tour break to get medical treatment. When confronted about his identify, Schaeffer later admitted he was not Gilmour and was taken into custody, police say. He was released from jail while police attempt to gather more evidence for possible charges.
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