A gay Democrat former candidate for the Florida House of Representatives admitted that she lied about saving victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
The Florida Department of Health showed a statement by the woman, Elizabeth McCarthy, who pretended to be a cardiologist, Florida Politics reported.
The department is charging McCarthy with violating state law by lying about being a doctor, under the state’s unlicensed activity statutes.
It’s seeking to fine her $1,000, plus costs. The department also is serving her with a cease-and-desist order, prohibiting her from telling anyone else that she is a medical doctor, according to documents provided to Florida Politics following a public records request.
The formal investigation of McCarthy began after Florida Politics reported on June 15 that it could not confirm any of her claims to be a doctor, or that she had been one of the medical heroes responding to the horrific June 12, 2016, mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed and 53 others were wounded.
She made the claims that she had tended to those who were shot at two events organized by Democrats in her state.
“It’s an honor to be in the medical field,” she said. “I love what I do. I love helping people and giving better options to people — that’s the best way I can say it.”
“It’s probably one of the hardest things of my career to work through,” she said. “I personally removed 77 bullets from 32 victims … It was like an assembly line.”