Updated: March 6, 2021
A nurse in the United States has been arrested after stealing the credit card of a dying coronavirus patient, police said.
Forty-three year old Danielle Conti from Staten Island in New York stole the credit card of 70-year-old widower Anthony Catapano while he was dying in the ventilator unit at Staten Island University Hospital North in early April.
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“I can’t believe a person could do something like that to someone fighting for his life.This is a nurse who took an oath to treat, protect and save patients. It’s disgusting — Never in a million years did I expect any of this to happen,” Catapano’s daughter, Tara Catapano, told Daily News.
“She is a despicable human being,” Tara told the medium. “How would she feel if somebody did this to her parents when they were gravely ill? I hope she gets what she deserves, and loses her license and her job.”
Conti is alleged to have swiped Catapano’s American Express and used it at a nearby gas station and ShopRite for a total of $60.23.
The report said when Tara received the credit card bill in the mail after her father had passed on April 12, she noticed the charge at the gas station, which was a red flag since Catapano usually paid for fuel with cash.
What was surprising was the charges were made on the same day her father was moved to the ventilator unit. In all, she spent a total of $60.23.
“That’s what she risked her job for. She took total advantage of my father’s condition. I’m sure she assumed he wasn’t going to make it, and his family wouldn’t notice,” she told the Daily News.
Police said Conti has been charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.
Conti, who has worked at Staten Island University Hospital since 2007 has been suspended.
“Danielle Conti has been temporarily suspended and faces termination in response to the felony charges. We are working closely with the law-enforcement authorities and the hospital is conducting its own investigation,” a hospital spokesman said in a statement.