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Nov trial date for nurse who allegedly stole from patients

By TANESHA MUNDLE

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 10:01 AM    

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A nurse who reportedly stole over $1 million from patients at a doctor’s office after skimming their bank cards, is to go on trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on November 13.

Latoya Love, of Patrick City, St Andrew, is facing charges of simple larceny, forgery and conspiracy to defraud.

Love’s co-accused, Christopher Williams and Kevin Bennett, will also be tried on that day. Both men were reportedly caught transacting business with credit cards which were cloned from two of the patients’ bank cards.

The trial date was scheduled yesterday when the accused appeared in court before Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser.

Allegations are that Love made several unauthorised withdrawals from the cards of the unsuspecting patients who were attended to at the doctor’s office where she was employed after skimming the cards. A total of $1,112, 908 was reportedly taken from the cards.

The alleged theft was discovered after the patients started to complain to their banks about the disappearance of funds from their accounts, which they noticed after each visit to the doctor.

According to one complainant, Love usually swiped the cards more than once, while claiming that the machine was malfunctioning. Another complainant told the police that she saw Love hiding a device in her pocket.

The matter was reported to the Fraud Squad and during the investigation, Love was reportedly found with a skimming device in her pocket. She was then arrested and charged.

Williams and Bennett were reportedly held after using the cloned cards to obtain US$3,200 and $453,000 respectively from a foreign exchange facility.

All had their bails extended.

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