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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jul 03, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- For the second time in six months, an Ohio hospital is on the lookout for a man who likes dressing up like a doctor.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday two nurses noticed a suspicious man wearing blue scrubs near the emergency room at Riverside Methodist Hospital, but by the time security arrived, the man was gone.

That's very similar to the description of a man who visited the ER and walked about freely last September. In that incident, security interviewed the man who said he was a medical student at Ohio State University.

But then he changed his mind and said he was actually a resident doctor from a hospital in Delaware.

Security is not releasing the name of the first man until they've determined if this week's imposter is the same person.

Cases of doctor impostors are reported nationwide, including one dressed in scrubs who stole motorcycles in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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