Manquis Daniels died after heart surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee. His family, understandably upset, threatened to sue the hospital.
But that family made a startling confession to hospital staff after Daniels, 49, died on June 14. He had checked into the hospital on June 8 using the name of his brother, James Daniels, who works for the U.S. Postal Service and has health insurance.
It's a form of medical identity theft, a growing problem for hospitals, insurance companies and the people whose identity and insurance information is swiped.
Imagine trying to get a jury to side with you on a malpractice lawsuit as you're admitting that you defrauded the hospital while coming in the front door.
Did James Daniels, 51, know about the switch, or was his brother pulling a fast one on him? That's not clear. The Daniels family did not return my calls last week.
The details of what happened come from the investigative report of the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.
It says Manquis Daniels of Milwaukee was a smoker who had a history of high blood pressure. On May 25, a catheterization found he had severe coronary artery disease.