Minnesota Man Fakes Being Rocker, Charged With Fraud

Utah hospital thought he was Alex Lifeson of Rush

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Do rock stars not pay medical bills?

It seems this is an epidemic: dudes not in bands saying they’re famous musicians to try and con hospitals out of their services. What the fuck?

Now, a Minnesota man has been charged with fraud after saying he was a member of Canada’s Rush.

He also claimed he was Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour while receiving treatment at Dixie Regional Medical Center in Utah.

Yeah, and I’m Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.

Court documents allege 54-year-old Phillip Michael Schaeffer received medical treatment three different times between 2010 and 2013, and said he was Alex Lifeson, guitarist for Rush.

The other two times Schaeffer posed as David Gilmour, guitarist and singer for the band Pink Floyd. We reported on that before.

A hospital spokesperson said there were some red flags that made employees take a closer look.

“A couple of our employees noticed inconsistencies which prompted them to a little bit of informal investigation,” the spokesperson said. “It showed enough that they were concerned enough to invite local authorities to pursue the matter further.”

Schaeffer had racked up $23,328.27 in medical bills under the name Lifeson and $15,067.50 posing as Gilmour. Charging documents indicate investigators found Schaeffer conducted the same ruse in Minnesota. There he went so far as to sign autographs and created elaborate stories as to why the rockers were in the area.

Schaeffer is facing two counts of communication fraud, which is a second-degree felony. Schaeffer was scheduled for an initial appearance on Tuesday, but didn’t show. Prosecutors found out that’s because he’s currently incarcerated in New Mexico.

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