Man sentenced to jail for posing as an ambulance medic

May 17, 2018

A man who authorities say posed as an ambulance medic for an evening in Grand Rapids and helped with patients has been sentenced to nine months in jail. 42-year-old Anthony Mario Fortuna learned his punishment Tuesday in Grand Rapids for impersonating a medical services employee. Fortuna apologized, saying he was "totally out of line."

Fortuna on Jan. 19 received permission to be on an ambulance ride-along and helped load patients. Authorities say he falsely told workers he was a former medical transportation company employee. Kent County Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston says Fortuna also started an IV on a patient and may have administered medicine.

Fortuna previously was sent to federal prison for falsely warning about possible explosive attacks in Michigan.