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Nurse (symbolic image): Crime in the clinic?

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The Berlin public prosecutor's office has brought charges against a nurse who is said to have withdrawn money from Corona intensive care patients using debit cards and thus stole a total of 137,000 euros. The authority accuses him of 12 counts of commercial theft and 129 counts of commercial computer fraud, it said.

The now 45-year-old man was placed at the hospital in Steglitz-Zehlendorf through a temporary employment agency and is said to have stolen patients' money cards either from hospital rooms or with stolen keys from the patients' apartments between May 2020 and February 2021. He then used the cards to withdraw cash.

He is also said to have transferred money from patient accounts to the accounts of other patients and then withdrawn them from there. According to the public prosecutor's office, most of the twelve affected patients have now died.