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Florida teen on trial for impersonating doctor's assistant, cop

Matthew Scheidt CBS/WKMG

(CBS/WKMG) KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The trial of Matthew Scheidt, a Florida 18-year-old accused of impersonating a physician's assistant and spending several days treating patients, has begun.

On the trial's second day Wednesday, employees from Osceola Regional Medical Center testified as to how they were deceived by Scheidt, CBS affiliate WKMG reports.

Among those taking the stand were human resources employees at the hospital who mistakenly gave Scheidt an employee badge that gave him access to the emergency room at the medical center in September 2011.

Once in the ER, Kissimmee police say Scheidt conducted exams, provided patient care and accessed restricted patient information, WKMG reports. The Human Resources Department became concerned about Scheidt's qualifications when he continually requested access to restricted areas of the hospital.

Defense attorneys maintain Scheidt never told anyone he was a physician's assistant, and when asked said he was a student, WFTV reports.

Scheidt has pleaded not guilty to two counts of impersonating a physician's assistant and four counts of practicing medicine without a license, WKMG reports. He faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted on any of the charges.

Scheidt also faces charges of impersonating a police officer and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon after he was arrested in Miami Beach in January. He is being held at the Osceola County Jail without no bond.

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