Cancer nurse stole credit cards from seriously ill patients to buy thousands of dollars in cigarettes and liquor
- Marissa Anne Welsby, 56, stole about $ 3,900 from two cancer patients
- The magistrate said her crime was exacerbated by the exploitation of patients
- She stole and used the cards while the patients underwent treatment
A nurse assistant who took care of cancer patients stole their credit machines and spent thousands on cigarettes and liquor.
Marissa Anne Welsby, 56, narrowly avoided jail after stealing about $ 3,900 over a three-month period while working in the oncology and hematology department at Canberra Hospital.
The theft was discovered after two patients reported that their credit cards were missing and that thousands of dollars were taken from their bills, according to ABC news.
Marissa Anne Welsby (right), 56, missed the prison after she stole $ 3,900 from patients she cared for
One of the patients went in for a three-week stay for surgery and treatment at the end of 2017, during which time she kept her wallet in the office of a nursing consultant.
After the patient left the hospital, she soon discovered that $ 2,099.28 was spent using her now missing credit card while being treated.
In January 2018, another patient checked her bank accounts while she was in the hospital and also found her card in addition to various transactions that she had not made.
& # 39; If we all abused the vulnerable, the world would be a messed-up place & # 39 ;, said the victim.
One patient said she soon discovered in the hospital that $ 2,099.28 was spent on using her missing credit card while she was being treated
The police followed Welsby with the help of camera images of her cigarettes, liquor and groceries with the stolen credit cards in shops in southern Canberra.
The former nursing assistant pleaded guilty to two charges for obtaining a financial benefit through fraud.
Welsby & # 39; s lawyer said she was leading a difficult life marked by a tragedy and an assistant in nursing to help others.
He also said that she had already lost her position at ACT Health and would probably lose her current role.
Public Prosecutor Elizabeth West argued that the crimes took place while she took care of her victims – a feeling the magistrate James Lawton agreed to.
Magistrate James Lawton said her crimes were particularly aggravated by the way she abused the sick people under her care
& # 39; The complainants trusted you and were in your care and you exploited that, & # 39; said Lawton.
Mrs. West argued that due to the exploitation of the people she cared for, she was classified as a delinquent and had to serve a prison sentence.
Magistrate Lawton imposed an 18-month prison sentence suspended with a good three-year conduct.
The stolen funds have since been reimbursed to the victims by the Commonwealth Bank.
Welsby has been instructed to repay the bank in addition to her judgment.
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