Nurse arrested for allegedly stealing credit card from dying COVID-19 patient, police say

Nurse arrested for allegedly stealing credit card from dying COVID-19 patient, police say

A nurse at a New York City hospital was arrested Thursday after she allegedly stole a credit card from a patient who later died of COVID-19.

Danielle Conti, 43, allegedly took a credit card from a patient while he was being treated at Staten Island University Hospital, the NYPD confirmed to NBC News. Conti is facing charges of grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

The hospital released a statement to local media Thursday saying that Conti, who was hired in 2007, has been temporarily suspended and faces termination due to the felony charges.

“We are working closely with the law enforcement authorities and the hospital is conducting its own investigation,” the statement said.

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Anthony Catapano, 70, died of COVID-19 on April 12 after more than a week of treatment at the hospital, according to a Facebook post in April from his daughter, Tara Catapano.She said when she went to pick up her father's things, several items were missing including his cell phone, eyeglasses, two cell phone chargers, money and a buzzer.

Two weeks later, Catapano said she got a bill for her father's Amex with two charges for gas and groceries listed during the time he was in the hospital. Because visitors weren't allowed in the hospital during the pandemic, Catapano believed a hospital employee stole her father's credit card, used it and then returned it to his wallet.

"This behavior is disgusting and unacceptable," she wrote. "I am going through so much with losing my father, this is the absolute last thing that I need."

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