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Minnesota man scams hospital into thinking he’s Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd

May 2, 2013

The things we’ll do for healthcare.

Phillip Michael Schaeffer risked his own neck for treatment by deceiving an entire Minnesota hospital into thinking he was the frontman for the legendary psychedelic outfit Pink Floyd. The 53-year-old Schaeffer entered St. Cloud Hospital on April 20 and, without insurance, gave the name “David Gilmour” to staff. He was treated for approximately $100,000 worth of hospital care, signed an autograph for one staffer’s son and was released the same day.

Police caught up to Schaeffer a few days later and placed him under arrest while investigating a possible felony theft by swindle. No charges have been made.

Hospital staff suspected that Schaeffer may not be the man responsible for writing classics such as “Comfortably Numb” and “Wish You Were Here” once they Googled the recording artist in question and realized they look absolutely nothing alike. “There was some discussion among security staff leading people to believe that he really wasn’t David Gilmour,” hospital spokesperson Jeanine Nistler recalled to the St. Cloud Times. “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.”

When Schaeffer returned to the hospital on April 24, he presented bogus health insurance information from Lloyd’s of London and said he was on tour in Canada. (Gilmour hasn’t played a concert date since 2011.) That’s when officers approached Schaeffer and clinked him. He was released from jail on Thursday as the county attorney’s office continues its investigation.

h/t SC Times


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