Police say they often take reports of people using false information to get medical treatment or prescription drugs, but it is not as common to catch them in the act.
Now, a Columbus man is facing felony theft charges after police say he lied about his identity to get treatment at the Westerville Medical Campus.
Police said that Peter Miller, 39, gave false information to hospital staff in an attempt to get treatment.
According to a police report, he told doctors he was having abdominal pain and needed medication.
An alert physician’s assistant recognized Miller as a patient from Riverside Hospital a few days earlier.
She tried searching the name he gave her, and when no record was found, the hospital contacted police.
Police said there are records of Miller committing similar crimes at other facilities.
They say lying to receive a product or service is theft by deception.
According to the police report, hospital staff estimated the cost of Miller's visit at upwards of $1,000.
He remains in the Delaware County Jail.
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