Paramedic Impersonator Charged

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has announced that charges were filed earlier today against Todd Teel, age 40, stemming from his employment with American Medical Response of Denver. The State’s complaint alleges that Teel provided AMR with a falsified certificate attesting to his status as a paramedic, and then operated in AMR ambulances as a paramedic between June 2006 and December 2007.

Teel was charged in Denver County Court with Forgery, a class 5 felony, Criminal Impersonation, a class 6 felony, and Practicing Medicine Without a License, a class 2 misdemeanor. If convicted consecutively on all counts, he could face nearly five years in prison and more than $200,000 in fines.

“The practice of emergency medicine by uncertified individuals puts the sick and injured of Colorado at serious risk,” Attorney General Suthers said. “Paramedics must be certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before beginning palliative work in this state, in order to verify that the applicant has the skills necessary to save lives on the job.”

Teel left AMR in December 2007 and currently is living in Wyoming. An arrest warrant has been issued with a $5,000 bond, and the Attorney General’s Office is in discussion with Mr. Teel’s counsel to have Mr. Teel brought before the court sometime this week.

The Attorney General’s Office is not currently aware of any allegations that patients were harmed by Teel’s lack of certification as a paramedic. The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which probes allegations of fraud and patient abuse in federally-funded health care programs. AMR Ambulance cooperated fully with the investigation.

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