May 17, 2012
Mobile, Alabama (The Weekly Vice) - John Theodore Reutcke, a 55-year-old Mobile resident was jailed after he allegedly faked a stroke so he could receive pain medicine.
According to Mobile Police, Reutcke checked himself into the Springhill Medical Center, complaining of having stroke-like symptoms.
Medical staff performed several procedures on Reutcke and determined that he never had a stroke. They also discovered that he used a false name false social security number, fraudulent insurance coverage information and fabricated veteran benefits when he checked into the hospital.
Reutcke reportedly received more than $20,000 in hospital services that were never required, according to detectives.
Investigators say the hospital contacted police, who discovered that this was not the first time Reutcke committed a crime of this nature.
He has a long criminal history in several states dating back to 1992, including 5 arrests for attempting fraud at hospitals in California, Washington, and Florida.
Reutcke was booked into jail and charged with theft by deception. He was denied bond, and officers consider him a flight risk.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 9:45:00 PM
John Reutcke - Jailed After Faking Stroke At Hospital To Receive Pain Meds