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19 February 2015, 06:15
A care assistant working at Milton Keynes Hospital has pleaded guilty to stealing a patient's credit card details while he slept on the ward.
36 year old Eric Arriaga, 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 7 November 2014 and 3 December 2014, Arriaga was working at Milton Keynes General Hospital as a care assistant and stole a 73-year-old patient’s credit card details whilst he was asleep 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 25 January and charged with one count of fraud, on the same day. He appeared at Milton Keynes Crown Court on 9 February and pleaded guilty.
He is due to be sentenced on 2 March.
PC Shannon Smith from Milton Keynes police station said: “I am pleased that Arriaga has pleaded guilty to this offence and taken responsibility for his actions. He 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.”