Durban police said two male nurses were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 13 January 2021 for fraud following their arrest. The men allegedly used a patient’s bank card while he was in hospital and continued even after he had died.
SAPS Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the two accused are nurses. Accused number one is 40-years-old and a nurse at St Augustine’s Hospital and accused number 2 is 45-years-old and is a nurse at a Private hospital in Umhlanga, Durban.
COMPLAINANT CLAIMS NURSES WERE STILL SPENDING PATIENTS MONEY AFTER HE DIED
The complainant, who is the owner of Auto Engineering in Umbilo, is the business partner of a man who was admitted to St Augustine’s Hospital.
“It is alleged that they have a joint business account. According to the complainant, he noticed that his partner’s card was being used while he lay in hospital and it continued to be used even after he had passed away,” said Mbele.
It is not known what the patient was admitted to hospital for or the cause of death.
According to the bank statement, one withdrawal was made at St Augustine’s Hospital, however, video footage was not clear enough. Investigating officer St Ngcobo from Umbilo continued with his investigation and visited one of the stores where other purchases were made with the card.
“He went to Glenwood Spar and their video footage confirmed that the card was used by accused number 1. He was dressed in full uniform,” added Mbele.
SOME OF THE GOODS RECOVERED
According to Mbele, the nurse was arrested and some of the goods he purchased were recovered. He, however, said the card was with his friend (accused number 2).
“He too was arrested and other goods purchased by him were also recovered,” said Mbele.
Accused number 1, according to Colonel Thembeka Mbele, 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 another case of fraud.
“[The nurse] accused number 2 has also previously been arrested for a case of fraud. lt is alleged that the pin code (for the card) was saved in the deceased’s cellphone. The phone was recovered at a second-hand cellphone shop in Point Road,” added Mbele.