A nurse at a New York City hospital, Danielle Conti, 43, will faces charges for stealing a credit card of a former Covid-19 patient who was hospitalized.
New York Police Department said,the Nurse is being tried for grand larceny, petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after ringing up charges on two of Anthony Catapano’s credit cards while hospitalized at Staten Island University Hospital with coronavirus.
Tara Catapano, who had been paying her father’s bills since her mother passed away in 2014, said she normally doesn’t track her father’s spending closely.
The patient’s daughter says Danielle use her daughter card to buy gasoline and groceries. Catapano, 70, was hospitalized on April 4 after getting sick from coronavirus.
“I was in shock and disbelief,” Tara Catapano said. “Obviously, I knew it had to be a hospital employee because visitors weren’t really allowed.”
However, after he died and she received a credit card statement for gasoline — which she said her father always paid for in cash — she then saw the charge date occurred on April 9, when her father was “in the hospital, literally fighting for his life.”
Tara Catapano said the police showed her surveillance footage from a ShopRite of what appeared to be Conti paying for groceries using her father’s card.
“They take an oath to protect, not to harm,” Tara Catapano said.
“I would want to know why she took advantage of my father while he was on his deathbed,” she said.
“And I would want to know how she would feel if someone did that to a loved one of hers — whether it was a parent or grandparent. I don’t think when people do these things they think of it like that.
“But he is my father, he is a person,” Tara Catapano said. “I am disgusted Conti was supposed to be taking care of him and instead … stole from him.”
Other belongings unaccounted for include her father’s eyeglasses, cell phone, cash in the wallet, phone chargers and pictures. It’s not clear what happened to those belongings and it isn’t certain they were intentionally stolen.
Conti, who has worked at the hospital since 2007, is currently on suspicion from work and faces termination in response to the felony charges.