A 43-years-old nurse at New York City hospital, Danielle Conti is currently facing charges for stealing the credit card of a now-deceased Covid-19 patient, Anthony Catapano, while hospitalized.
The alleged crime was made public by the patient’s daughter, Tara Catapano, who also revealed that the proceeds were used for gasoline and groceries.
According to the New York Police Department, the accused, Danielle Conti, has been charged with grand larceny, petty larceny and criminal possession of the stolen property.
Police sources said Conti rang up charges on two of Catapano’s credit cards while hospitalized at Staten Island University Hospital with coronavirus. Catapano, 70, was hospitalized on April 4 after getting sick from coronavirus, his daughter, Tara told CNN.
According to her, Catapano was lucid when the alleged theft occurred and later died on April 12 from complications of the virus. She said: “I was in shock and disbelief. Obviously, I knew it had to be a hospital employee because visitors weren’t really allowed.
“Tara Catapano, who also stated that she 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.
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.
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.