Nurse Charged With Stealing Dead CCP Virus Patient’s Credit Card

May 8, 2020 Updated: May 8, 2020

A nurse in Staten Island, New York, is accused of stealing the credit card of a patient dying from the CCP virus and using it to purchase groceries, authorities said.

Danielle Conti, 43, who worked at Staten Island University Hospital, is facing several charges including grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and petit larceny, officials said. They said she used a dying patient’s credit card to purchase groceries and gas, ABC7 reported.

Officials said she obtained the credit card while working in the hospital.

The victim, who was identified as 70-year-old widower Anthony Catapano, later died from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus with origins in mainland China, officials told the New York Daily News.

“I can’t believe a person could do something like that to someone fighting for his life,” said Tara Catapano, the daughter of the deceased victim. “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.”

Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving
Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as makeshift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, on April 9, 2020. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

Catapano then asked: “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.”

A spokesman for Staten Island University Hospital told the New York Post that Conti was suspended.

“Danielle Conti has been temporarily suspended and faces termination in response to the felony charges,” the spokesman said. “We are working closely with the law-enforcement authorities and the hospital is conducting its own investigation.”