A CRUEL nurse stole credit cards from an 87-year-old patient before using them on a three-month internet gambling spree after the OAP died.
Rubilita Coggin stole two credit cards from the woman when she was admitted to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
The woman died two weeks later, but Coggin continued to use the credit cards to fritter away £5,000 of the her money on an online gambling site.
The theft was only discovered when the victim’s husband noticed irregularities on the account statements and reported it to police.
The nurse continued to use the victim’s cards for almost three months after she passed away before she was finally arrested.
Coggin, 48, admitted theft and fraud charges when she appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.
Justices deemed the case too serious for them to deal with because of the amount of money involved, and transferred it to Teesside Crown Court.
Coggin pleaded guilty to the theft of a Lloyds TSB bank card and Laura Ashley Mastercard belonging to the 87-year-old between April 10-25.
She also admitted two charges of fraud by false representation by using the cards between April 21-May 30 and June 11-July 6.
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The charges relate to Coggin’s theft of two credit cards from an 87-year-old woman admitted to Hartlepool general hospital on Wednesday, April 10 this year.
“She passed away two weeks later, and the cards were used on an online gambling site.”
Coggin, of Elmwood Road, Hartlepool, was released on bail and will be sentenced by a crown court judge on a date yet to be fixed.
A spokesman for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the University Hospital of Hartlepool, said: “This member of staff is no longer employed by us.”