Man Accused Of Posing As RUSH, PINK FLOYD Legends Charged With Fraud

January 22, 2014, 3 years ago

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According to, a Minnesota man accused of defrauding Dixie Regional Medical Center of services by pretending to be 1970s-era rockers failed to make his initial appearance Tuesday in 5th District Court.

Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 54, of Monticello, Minn., is charged with two counts of communications fraud stemming from visits to the hospital in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in which he allegedly first pretended to be 60-year-old Canadian RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and then 67-year-old English PINK FLOYD guitarist and singer David Gilmour.

An investigative report filed with the court states a man claiming to be Lifeson incurred $23,328.27 in hospital bills shortly before Christmas in 2011 and left the hospital against medical advice after an overnight stay.

In November 2012 and February 2013, the same man allegedly returned for services, racking up more than $15,000 in bills and then more than $34,000 in bills under Gilmour’s name, leaving after a night’s stay each time against medical advice.


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