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Nurse accused of stealing from patients

Bundaberg Court.
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A FORMER Bundaberg Hospital nurse is accused of fleecing his patients of thousands of dollars by stealing their bank cards and tricking a number of them into revealing their pin numbers.

Shawn Michael Corocher has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of stealing, 10 of fraud and one of attempted fraud relating to his time working as a nurse in the emergency and medical wards.

"The defendant is charged that he stole and fraudulently used the bank cards (of patients) when they were admitted for treatment in the medical ward and the emergency department," Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell told the court.

She said Corocher did not take money from two of the cards he allegedly stole, but said he gained access to the other accounts by posing as a bank worker to call victims and get their pin numbers or by finding their pin codes with their cards.

Ms Overell outlined the 12 alleged cases of theft to the jury, all of which Corocher denies.

She said in one case, an 81-year-old woman suffered a fall and woke up in the emergency room, but when she went to pay for her scripts after being discharged from hospital, found her handbag was missing and $750 had been withdrawn from her account.

In another case, a 62-year-old pensioner blacked out in public and was taken to hospital and had $1000 per day for 13 days taken from his account.

Another woman, aged 88, who was admitted to hospital, lost $1490 after she received a call asking for her PIN so Medicare could be paid.

Ms Overell told the jury Corocher was working on all 12 occasions when bank cards went missing.

The Crown alleges it was Corocher who posed as a bank worker on a number of occasions over the phone, using his personal knowledge of the patients to gain their trust and obtain their PINs.

She said phone records showed calls from Corocher's phone and his family's phone.

Ms Overell said Corocher's ex-partner would give evidence that he had told her a shopping centre where the cards were allegedly used did not have surveillance.

"This is a circumstantial case for the most part," she said.

Bundaberg Hospital's human resources manager was the first to give evidence.

The trial, before Judge Sarah Bradley, continues.

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