Hospital care worker stole OAP’s credit card details

Crime
Crime

A hospital worker is awaiting sentence after he stole a 73-year-old patient’s credit card details as he slept.

Eric Arriaga, 36, of Harlans Close, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation at Milton Keynes Crown Court on 9 February.

Between November 7, 2014, and December 3, 2014, Arriaga was working at Milton Keynes Hospital as a care assistant and stole the patient’s credit card details as he slept on the ward Arriaga was working on.

The victim’s social worker noticed his credit card had been used whilst the victim was in hospital, with online transactions to bike companies and Toys R Us being made, totalling £310.18.

Thames Valley Police investigated and executed a Section 8 search warrant at Arriaga’s address on 25 January.

All the items ordered fraudulently were found at Arriaga’s home.

Arriaga was arrested on January 25 and charged with one count of fraud, on the same day. He appeared at Milton Keynes Crown Court on February 9 and pleaded guilty.

He is due to be sentenced on March 2.

PC Shannon Smith said: “Arriaga targeted a vulnerable patient who was meant to be in his care, and preyed on his victim whilst he was asleep on his ward.

“The victim’s social worker who first noticed something was amiss did the right thing in reporting their suspicions to us, and I would encourage anyone who has similar concerns to do the same.”