Teen accused of impersonating physician assistant turns self in on new charges

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla.,None — The Osceola County teenager accused of impersonating a physician assistant turned himself in to the Lake County jail Friday evening, after new charges of practicing medicine without a license were filed.

Officials told WFTV 17-year-old Matthew Scheidt turned himself in at the Lake County Jail shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. Jail officials said he was released at 9 p.m. after posting a $9,000 bond.

Authorites say he faked his way into an Osceola hosptial, got a badge, and even treated patients. According to WFTV sources, one of those patients later died.

Scheidt was first arrested in Osceola County after employees at Osceola Regional Medical Center reported the incident.

St. Cloud police say he tried to use that badge to get into St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, also to treat patients, but officials there turned him away when he didn't have the proper paperwork.

A new arrest warrant was issued by the State Attorney's Office  for additional charges against Schedit on Friday. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office received the warrant Friday afternoon and attempted to locate Scheidt.

The  Sheriff's Office says they went to his mother's house and his father’s house, but could not find Scheidt. Officials say they believed Scheidt was somewhere outside of Osceola County, which turned out to be correct.

The state attorney's office has spent the last month putting together a case that they say is rock solid.

Officials told WFTV that they're now charging Scheidt as an adult because he's almost 18, and the crimes he committed put so many lives at risk.