Siefman began investigating and discovered that one of the transactions involved paying a $ 405 utility bill in Tallahassee, Florida. It had been paid with the name of the deceased on the receipt some eight days after the man’s death.
Siefman said a Facebook search of the name on the utility’s account showed it was a woman identified as the nurse’s daughter. Other fraudulent charges on the credit card between the day after the man died and December 2 included a $ 299 video game that Siefman said was purchased at a Walmart store for the nurse’s boyfriend. , as well as food, gas and even a dog collar.
Detective Decatur said he obtained surveillance footage from various businesses showing the nurse, sometimes dressed in scrubs, making the purchases. He also said that a check of her work record showed that she was the nurse in charge of the unit where the cardholder was treated and that she worked there the night of her death and the following night. .
“During an interview with Miranda, (the nurse) admitted to finding the credit card under the bedside table where the victim was staying after his death,” Siefman said in the affidavit. “(She) admitted to taking the credit card and making purchases with (her) credit card…”
And, in addition to the charge of identity theft, the nurse was also convicted on a preliminary charge of illegal possession of a controlled drug. Siefman said a body search after his arrest revealed a single 325 / 7.25 milligram pill of hydrocodone bitartrate, a strong pain reliever for which the nurse had no prescription. She allegedly told Siefman that she had used the drug to control pain from a previous traffic accident.