'Despicable human being’: NYC nurse arrested for gassing up car with credit card stolen from dying coronavirus patient — cops

Staten Island nurse Danielle Conti, allegedly swiped the card from dying patient, 70-year-old Anthony Catapano (pictured) at Staten Island University Hospital North.
Staten Island nurse Danielle Conti, allegedly swiped the card from dying patient, 70-year-old Anthony Catapano (pictured) at Staten Island University Hospital North.(Obtained by New York Daily News)

A Staten Island nurse was busted on charges of stealing a credit card from the hospital room of a dying coronavirus patient — and paying for grocery shopping and gas with the pilfered plastic, officials said Thursday.

Danielle Conti, 43, allegedly swiped the card from 70-year-old Anthony Catapano sometime between April 4 and 12 as she went about her rounds at hard-hit Staten Island University Hospital North.

She used the dying man’s credit card at a gas station, sources said. The victim’s daughter said the card was also used at a ShopRite.

“She is a despicable human being,” the outraged daughter, Tara Catapano, told the Daily News. “How would she feel if somebody did this to her parents when they were gravely ill? I hope she gets what she deserves, and loses her license and her job. I’m glad there’s going to be some justice, and she’s going to pay for it.”

Catapano died of COVID-19 complications on April 12. Tara Catapano discovered the fraud while looking at her dead father’s credit card bill and noticing a charge of $60.23 for purchases at a ShopRite and a gas station. The charges were dated April 9 — when her father was moved into the ventilator unit, said the devastated daughter.

“That’s what she risked her job for,” said the daughter, who notified the NYPD on April 28. “She took total advantage of my father’s condition. I’m sure she assumed he wasn’t going to make it, and his family wouldn’t notice.”

Tara Catapano said the credit card bill set off alarms immediately because of the gas charges, since her father always paid with cash when filling his car. She then checked the date and realized her dad had been in his dying days when the purchase was made.

“I feel a sense of relief,” she said, her voice choking up. “I can’t believe a person could do something like that to someone fighting for his life. This is a nurse who took an oath to treat, protect and save patients. It’s disgusting ... Never in a million years did I expect any of this to happen.”

Conti was charged with grand larceny and given a desk appearance ticket to appear in Staten Island Criminal Court at a later date.

4 comments:

  1. Cops do this all the time....so do ambulance medics and firemen. When I lived in NYC there was a fire in an an apt down the hall from me. I went down the hall and peeked into the doorway to observe a NYC fireman rifling thru bureau drawers obviously looking for the fire to put out.....yeah, sure.

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  2. "Conti was charged with grand larceny and given a desk appearance ticket to appear in Staten Island Criminal Court at a later date."

    that'll teach him!

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  3. but,but... nurses are "heroes" working overtime during this horrendous BS. SURELY they can overlook this .....

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