Police arrested Robert Farnham for “habitual criminality” and “fraud on a restaurant” after his doctor reported him for faking heart attacks to avoid paying bills. The Wisconsin resident, who has been caught pulling the same routine five times this year, most recently keeled over in Applebees to avoid paying $22.66 for a “steak, salad, mashed potatoes, a soda, a strawberry smoothie and a brownie.”
A doctor at the hospital, William T. Kumprey, was tired of seeing Farnam.
Farnam had been to the hospital several times in the last month or so. He had used his fake heart attack routine at Silk — an exotic lounge — at several restaurants and while getting out of various cabs.
The doctor told Farnam he would call the police the next time he caught him faking the clutch of death to avoid paying his bills.
Farnam let it slip that he had, earlier that very day, after a hearty meal for which he did not pay, absconded to Froedtert Hospital.
The doctor called police.
The 52-year-old faces nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Cardiac arrest: Man faked heart attack when dinner bill arrived [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]