Durban private hospital nurses arrested for allegedly stealing from dying patient. Two male nurses stationed at two private hospitals in Durban have been arrested on charges of fraud.
This after the bank card of a patient who had died was stolen and used at various stores.
Police say the patient was the business partner of the owner of an auto shop in Umbilo – with whom he had a joint business account.
Officers say the owner noticed the account was being used while his partner laid in hospital.
The investigating officer visited one of the stores where purchases were made with the card.
Video footage showed a 40-year-old nurse in full uniform using the bank card.
Police say some of the goods that were purchased were recovered.
The nurse is said to have pointed officers towards his friend, a 45-year-old nurse from a private facility in Umhlanga.
Police say both nurses are repeat offenders.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said the complainant – the deceased patient’s business partner – noticed that his partner’s bank card was being used while he was admitted at St Augustine Hospital.
Mbele said the complainant also noticed that the bank card continued to be used even after his business partner had passed away.
Mbele added that according to a bank statement, one withdrawal was made at St Augustine Hospital, where 40-year-old accused number one works as a nurse.
The hospital’s video footage was not clear enough to identify who had used the card, Mbele said.
The investigating officer in the matter, who is stationed at Umbilo, also visited one of the stores where purchases were made with the bank card, Mbele said.
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“He went to Glenwood Spar and their video footage confirmed that the card was used by accused number one. He was dressed in full uniform. The accused was arrested and some of the goods he purchased were recovered. He said the card was with his friend, accused number two. He, too, was arrested and other goods purchased by him were also recovered.
“Accused number one is a repeat offender who has been arrested for other cases of theft and fraud. He is also wanted by the Belleville police in Cape Town for a case of fraud. Accused number two has also previously been arrested for a case of fraud. It is alleged that the pin code to the card was saved in the deceased’s cellphone. The phone was recovered at a second hand cellphone shop in Point Road,” Mbele said.