NEW YORK — A man was arrested Monday after posting false information to the media and then falsely claiming to have suffered a heart attack.
According to a federal complaint, a Texas man called 911 after posting a video to YouTube that appeared to show him being treated for a heart problem and that he was hospitalized.
The 911 caller told dispatchers that the man had “a heart attack,” the complaint said.
A police officer told the caller that he would have to call a medical officer.
In the video, a man can be seen lying on a couch, breathing hard and clutching his chest.
The 911 caller said he was being treated by a doctor, but when he asked about the location of the hospital, the man said he did not know.
A second 911 caller identified as Richard Oleson said the man was suffering from an unspecified heart condition, but was not taking any medication.
He said he thought the man would have a heart procedure, and the man did not appear to have any problems.
Oleson and the 911 caller both claimed that the 911 call was a hoax.
They said the 911 operator told them to get a medical certificate before calling 911, and then a doctor’s report was sent to the dispatcher.
Olieson told investigators that the police officers who were on the scene had told him to “just lie down” to get help, the complaint stated.
He was arrested and booked into the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Travis County Jail on a felony charge of lying to a police officer.
He was released from custody Monday morning.
Orsons attorney, Thomas Hulsey, declined to comment.
The incident was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Austin Police Department, the Austin American-Statesman reported.