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Man jailed for stealing dying patient's visa card

Hospital maintenance assistant on online shopping spree after stealing dying patient’s credit card

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A hospital employee was arrested on Sunday after the wife a male patient, who died recently in Limassol’s Intensive Care Unit, told police her husband’s credit card had been stolen.

Police said a 35-year-old foreign national, who was described as a lawful resident of Limassol, was arrested Sunday on charges of theft as well as acquisition of property under false pretences.

Police told Knews the spouse of the patient, who later died in hospital, had contacted authorities on Friday, after learning about two suspicious transactions on her husband’s visa card

Local media said the suspect, described as a man from Georgia, had been working as a maintenance assistant at Limassol General Hospital, where a male patient was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.

Police told Knews the spouse of the patient, who later died in hospital, had contacted law enforcement authorities on Friday, September 25, after learning about two suspicious transactions on her husband’s visa card.

Sources said two phones were bought online, with police confirming two electronic transactions had taken place involving the credit card holder’s account. Local media later said the card was used for two purchases between August 5 and September 23, one costing €1500 and the other €2500.

The male suspect appeared before a Limassol district judge, who ordered him in remanded custody for seven days.

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