Ohio man indicted after police say he claimed to have Ebola

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Ohio Man Indicted After Police Say He Claimed to Have Ebola

A Cleveland man claimed he'd contracted the Ebola virus in 2014, but he's now been indicted as police say he made the whole thing up.

WEWS reports emergency workers were sent to the aid of James Midgette last year after he called 911 saying he'd become infected with Ebola.

"We had to call out our specialized unit. We had to put our guys in encapsulated suits. We had to block off streets," Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray told WEWS.

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When transporting people suspected to have contracted Ebola, emergency crews don protective body suits to make sure they don't come into contact with bodily fluids from someone who's sick.

The police report said Midgette claimed he'd traveled to Guinea and two other countries in Africa.

The Ebola outbreak has become so severe in Guinea that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging U.S. residents to refrain from traveling to the country unless absolutely necessary.

WEWS reports the hospital where Midgette was taken didn't end up testing him for the virus because his story didn't add up after personnel checked with the Transportation Security Administration.

But Midgette says he never made that 911 call claiming he had Ebola.

"In fact, when he talked to police, he said his birthday was Nov. 1, 2014. He's 59. Midgette also told police he's schizophrenic and he may have imagined he went to Africa," WEWS reporter Michael Baldwin said.

Metro Hospital says the fake Ebola story cost it $8,000. Midgette's arraignment is scheduled for the end of May.

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Photo taken on November 21, 2014 at the port of Conakry shows containers with donations, including vehicles and materials, from the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Britain and the Czech Republic to assist Guinea with the fight against Ebola. The outbreak, which has killed over 5,400 in west Africa and has ravaged countries like Guniea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been the deadliest so far. AFP PHOTO / CELLOU BINANI (Photo credit should read CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Guinean Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Losseny Fall (C) walks past soldiers of the Dutch ship Karel Doorman at the port of Conakry on November 21, 2014, after the ship arrived with donations, including vehicles and materials, from the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Britain and the Czech Republic to assist Guinea with the fight against Ebola. The outbreak, which has killed over 5,400 in west Africa and has ravaged countries like Guniea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been the deadliest so far. AFP PHOTO / CELLOU BINANI (Photo credit should read CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has his name written on his suit before leaving the red zone at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks in front of his house on November 20, 2014 in Macenta in Guinea. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman sits in front of a shelter on November 20, 2014 in Macenta in Guinea. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Guinean Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Losseny Fall (C-R) and Belgian Ambassador to Guinea Johan Verkammen (C) look at a truck donated by Belgium at the port of Conakry on November 21, 2014, after a Dutch ship arrived with donations, including vehicles and materials, from the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Britain and the Czech Republic to assist Guinea with the fight against Ebola. The outbreak, which has killed over 5,400 in west Africa and has ravaged countries like Guniea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been the deadliest so far. AFP PHOTO / CELLOU BINANI (Photo credit should read CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on November 20, 2014 shows the Ebola treatment center run by the non-governmental international organization French red cross in Macenta in Guinea. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A nurse wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) assists a patient at the Ebola treatment center run by the French Red Cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk in a street of Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker wearing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prepares before leaving the red zone at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prepare before leaving the red zone at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has his name written on his suit before leaving the red zone at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prepare before leaving the red zone at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) works at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) works at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A nurse wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) assists a patient at the Ebola treatment center run by the French Red Cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) works at the Ebola treatment center run by the French red cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A nurse wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) assists a patient at the Ebola treatment center run by the French Red Cross society in Macenta in Guinea on November 20, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Villagers from Momo Kanedou in Guinea looks at health workers from Guinea's red cross carrying the body of a victim of the Ebola virus on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers from Guinea's Red Cross prepare to carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanedou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers from Guinea's Red Cross carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanedou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers from Guinea's Red Cross wearing Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) clean their gloves with desinfectant after removing from a house the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanedou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People pray near the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanédou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers from Guinea's Red Cross prepare to carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanedou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Health workers from Guinea's red cross carry the body of a victim of Ebola in Momo Kanédou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People pray near the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in Momo Kanédou in Guinea on November 19, 2014. Guinea and fellow west African states Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 5,200 lives this year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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