A man has been accused of impersonating Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour in order to get out of paying around $100,000 of medical bills.
Phillip Michael Schaeffer entered St Cloud Hospital in Minnesota on April 20, claiming he was the guitarist and singer, and that he didn’t have medical insurance. He claimed Pink Floyd were on tour in Canada at the time.
The St Cloud Times reports that Schaeffer even signed an autograph as Gilmour for an unsuspecting fan while in the hospital, although suspicions were later raised by staff, resulting in Schaeffer’s arrest when he returned for further treatment.
St Cloud Hospital spokesperson Jeanine Nistler said: “There was some discussion among security staff leading people to believe that he really wasn’t David Gilmour… 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.”
Schaeffer has now been released from jail while police gather evidence.