Just like Frank Abagnale (played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Catch Me If You Can), a 17 year-old Florida boy posed as a doctor at a local hospital for a month before being caught. He referred to himself as “Dr. Robinson,” and the staff called him “Doctor.” The teen, dressed in a white lab coat, face mask and stethoscope around his neck told West Palm Beach police he was a doctor at St. Mary’s Medical Center and had been practicing for years. Unlike the fictional TV prodigy Doogie Howser, who was a teenage doctor, this Florida teen never graduated high school.
Security camera footage revealed that the teen would frequently roam the hospital’s wings, but never entered any patients’ rooms. There is no evidence that the teen attempted to treat any patients. A search of his car revealed two white lab coats, and a package of documents from Good Samaritan Medical Center. His mother reported that he was under a physician’s care, but did not disclose the reason.
The New York Daily News reported the story.