DA: Man gives false name to avoid hospital bill

David Greer Spencer was arraigned on one each of identity theft and theft of services

A hospital hallway (KOIN 6 News, file)
A hospital hallway (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 30-year-old man is accused of giving a false name to avoid being billed for not having insurance after being admitted to Portland Providence Medical Center, court documents state.

David Greer Spencer was arraigned Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court on one each of identity theft and theft of services. He entered a not guilty plea.

Court records show a financial counselor at the hospital interviewed Spencer on April 1. He reportedly gave a false name, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Shannon Erskine wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The counselor noticed the man she was interviewing was acting suspicious, court documents state. She ran his phone number, which came back to Spencer’s true identity. The hospital alerted police and Spencer was taken into custody.

The counselor also found an old mugshot of Spencer after getting his last name using the phone number, court documents state.

When interviewed by police, Spencer said he gave a false name “because I don’t have no insurance and didn’t want to get billed for it,” court documents state.

Spencer was indicted by a grand jury Thursday. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and then released.

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