written by @erinboogie
A Staten Island University Hospital nurse has been accused of stealing the credit card of a former COVID-19 patient while he was hospitalized. Danielle Conti, 43, stole the credit card from 70-year-old Anthony Catapano while he was being treated at the hospital for Covid-19, according to the New York Police Department. His daughter, Tara Catapano, claims several items were missing from her father’s things when she went to go pick them up, including his cellphone, two cellphone chargers, his eyeglasses, money, and a buzzer.
Conti used the credit cards on April 9 for $60.23 worth of gas and groceries. According to Catapano’s daughter, she noticed the charges on her father’s AMEX bill and found the charges odd since he always paid for gas in cash. She then realized the charges occurred while he was fighting for his life in the hospital. “Due to the pandemic no visitors are allowed, therefore that means a hospital employee stole my father’s credit card, used it and then returned it to his wallet,” Catapano wrote on Facebook.
Conti is facing charges of grand larceny, petit larceny, and possession of the stolen property. Conti was issued a desk appearance ticket to appear in Staten Island court at a later date.
Anthony Catapano had been admitted on April 4 and passed away on April 12 due to complications from the virus.
The hospital released the following statement to local news outlets regarding Conti:⠀⠀⠀
“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. Ms. Conti has been an employee since 2007.”