Paramedic Impersonator Pleads Guilty

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Todd Teel, age 41, has pled guilty in Denver District Court to a felony charge of Criminal Impersonation. The State had alleged that Teel, who was not a state-certified paramedic, provided American Medical Response of Denver a falsified certificate attesting to his paramedic status. The complaint, which was filed last October, alleged that Teel then operated in AMR ambulances as a paramedic between June 2006 and December 2007.

Judge Shelia Rappaport could sentence Teel to a prison term of up to 1.5 years, and a maximum $100,000 fine. However, a probationary sentence is also available to the court. Teel’s case was set over for a sentencing hearing to be held on March 6, 2009, at 8:30 a.m.

Teel left AMR in December 2007 and currently is living in Wyoming. He is free on a $5,000 bond. The Attorney General’s Office currently is not 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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