A nurse at a hospital in Banglamung has been arrested after she reportedly admitted to stealing the ATM card of a coma patient and withdrawing cash. The patient was later pronounced dead.
Mrs. Wilaiwan Gontraggon, 35, who is the daughter of the patient, filed the initial report to the Banglamung police, bringing the matter to their attention.
Mrs. Wilaiwan told the Banglamung police, “I was informed by the hospital that my father passed away after he was treated in an ICU room following a long illness. I took all his belongings from the hospital. I found that his ATM card had disappeared and after speaking with the bank in question discovered that 4,500 baht was withdrawn using the ATM card while he was in the ICU room in a coma.”
The Banglamung Police Chief Colonel Nawin Sinturat told the local press, “We tracked down the suspect from the ATM machine. CCTV footage shows a female suspect withdrawing money from an ATM near a market in Baan Ba Toe, Nongprue.”
“Mrs. Siripan Lamyoong, 29, who is a nurse who worked at the hospital for more than ten years, has been arrested”. Chief Nawin stated.
The name of the hospital, however, was not revealed by authorities, citing an ongoing investigation. The hospital director has also reportedly said the woman in question was “not a nurse” but just “someone who helps with patients”.
“Mrs. Siripan is facing charges of theft and using other people’s electronic cards without permission,” Chief Nawin added.
Mrs. Siripan reportedly admitted to the crime, citing financial problems and needing money for her family.
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