MN man accused of impersonating Pink Floyd guitarist

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A Minnesota man is accused of posing as Pink Floyd's long-time lead guitarist and racking up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills at a St. Cloud hospital.

The 53-year-old Monticello man was booked into the Stearns County Jail on a possible charge of theft by swindle. Police say the man came to St. Cloud Hospital April 20 for treatment, claimed he was Pink Floyd band member David Gilmour and didn't have insurance.

The suspect was treated and released, but not before signing an autograph for an employee's son.

The St. Cloud Times says hospital security was suspicious about the man's identity and his medical records were flagged. The man returned for treatment several days later. Police confronted the man and say he admitted his identity and was arrested.

No charges have been filed against the suspect, who was booked April 24 at the Stearns County Jail for investigation of felony theft by swindle.

The man allegedly came to St. Cloud Hospital on April 20 for treatment and gave the name David Gilmour when he checked in. He claimed to not have any health insurance, was treated and released.  

After he left, hospital employees had suspicions that the patient wasn't really the Pink Floyd singer-guitarist. That suspicion led to the hospital flagging his patient chart in case he returned, hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler said.

The next day, "there was some discussion among security staff leading people to believe that he really wasn't David Gilmour," Nistler said. "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."

The man came back to the hospital April 24, told hospital staff he was David Gilmour and presented information that showed he had health insurance from Lloyd's of London, according to police.

He told hospital staff that Pink Floyd was on tour in Canada and that he stopped in St. Cloud during a break to get medical treatment.

He was seen by Dr. David Covington, an emergency room physician who works for Central Minnesota Emergency Physicians, Nistler said. Covington doubted the man's accent was one that he would expect from Gilmour, she said.

A security supervisor then went to the emergency room and saw a St. Cloud police officer who was there on an unrelated manner.

The security supervisor told the officer about the Gilmour impersonator and the officer confronted Schaeffer. He then admitted he wasn't Gilmour and was taken to jail.

The suspect was released from jail Thursday while police gather evidence to present to the county attorney's office for possible charges.

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