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Former nurse stole patient's bank card

COURT: A former nurse is on trial for fraud, stealing and attempted fraud.
COURT: A former nurse is on trial for fraud, stealing and attempted fraud. Zach Hogg BUN110814CRT3

A FORMER Bundaberg Hospital nurse admitted to stealing a bank card from a patient and later using it to draw money from her account when interviewed by police.

Shawn Michael Corocher has pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to 12 charges of stealing, 10 of fraud and one of attempted fraud.

The court was yesterday shown a video recording of an interview Corocher had with police in the Bundaberg watch house on June 29, 2012.

That morning police searched Corocher's house, and later told him he was under arrest.

In the video, investigating officer Detective Senior Constable David May tells Corocher a Mrs Rooney had claimed her card was stolen from her purse on June 10.

Corocher says he remembers the surname and was trying to picture the patient.

He remembers the patient trying to get her Medicare card out of her purse, and he also saw her bank card in her purse and a piece of paper with four numbers on it.

He admits to using the card in an ATM at Sugarland Shoppingtown, but says he cannot remember when.

In the video he admits to taking money out of the ATM, although he cannot remember how much.

Corocher tells Det Sen Const May he remembers taking out $20 notes.

He says he paid some bills with the money and is heavily in debt with both personal loans and on his credit card.

He says he earned about $1600 a fortnight.

Det Sen Const May asks Corocher in the interview if he ever phoned Mrs Rooney.

"That would be a yes," he says.

"I called her number, and when she answered I hung up."

Corocher admits in the video to taking two ATM cards off patients.

"I know it was a stupid thing to do," he says.

A Suncorp ATM card was found in Corocher's home during the search, and he says he found it outside the hospital.

Det Sen Const May tells Corocher he is ending the interview because he can see he is getting tired, and Corocher later refused to be interviewed by police again.

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