Sydney nurse went on $36k shopping spree with credit cards she stole from patients
A nurse at a day surgery in Sydney has been found guilty of professional misconduct against three patients after taking their credit cards whilst unconscious and racking up $36,000 in fraudulent charges.
Saeeda Kauser, 32, then managed to successfully trick police into closing the investigation into her, according to 7news.
Kauser made more than 78 fraudulent and attempted purchases in early 2018, including $330 of essential oils, a membership to her local F45 club and a $3,135 life coaching program.
Her calculated behaviour was carried out “in a full understanding of what she was aiming to achieve”, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal said.
“While the tribunal accepts (Kauser) might well suffer from some form of depression, it does not accept that this excuses her behaviour,” it said.
“Her behaviour was particularly offensive in that she was dealing with vulnerable patients who were undergoing surgery, the acts being perpetrated while the patients were unconscious and she showed a remarkable lack of understanding of the harm that she was doing to others.”
Kauser, who pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted of fraud, admitted the misconduct charges and removed herself from the nursing register before the tribunal made a decision.
She stole a card from a woman who was being operated on and made 55 purchases totalling $23,373 within a fortnight.
Once the woman reported the theft to the clinic, Kauser rang back and asked the woman specific details about what she had told police.
Kauser then called police, pretended to be the patient who made the claim and made up a story about her stepson being responsible for the charges. Her request that the case be closed was accepted.
Kauser also tried to call Westpac’s fraud hotline but ended after she failed to properly verify her identity.
She has said that the incident has been a “very big wakeup call”.
“I am doing my best to rebuild my life from what I have left,” she said.
She has been banned from practicing as a nurse in NSW until late 2022.
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