STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Whereas their well being care colleagues risked their lives on the entrance traces of the coronavirus struggle, two medical employees on Staten Island used the pandemic to steal from the troubled, authorities allege.Nurse Danielle Conti, 43, and EMS employee Firuz Barotov, 19, have been arraigned in Felony Court docket in St. George on Friday after being accused of stealing and utilizing bank cards from COVID-19 sufferers in unrelated circumstances.Conti, of Grace Drive in Previous Bridge, N.J., allegedly stole a bank card from a dying affected person at Staten Island College Hospital in April, the Advance/SILive.com beforehand reported.She took the American Specific card of Anthony Catapano, 70, who was preventing for his life on the Ocean Breeze campus, and used it to buy groceries and gasoline for her automobile, in keeping with the legal grievance.Catapano died of issues of the coronavirus on April 12.Tara Catapano, left, alongside her father, Anthony Catapano. (Photograph courtesy of Tara Catapano)An unauthorized cost made after the affected person died was found by Catapano’s daughter after his passing, a number of sources beforehand advised the Advance/SILive.com.“I called the credit card company like an absolute lunatic,” mentioned Tara Catapano, and the costs have been eliminated; nevertheless, she then turned her consideration to how such expenses might ever be made since Anthony was on a ventilator throughout his keep.Tara mentioned her father’s bank cards have been again in his pockets when she acquired his belongings about two days after his dying.Since guests weren’t presently permitted within the hospital on the time, Tara mentioned the costs have been “obviously” from an worker. “This means an employee went in his wallet, stole his credit card, used it and then returned it.”The nurse was arrested in May and issued a desk look ticket.Following her arrest, she was briefly suspended and confronted termination, SIUH mentioned in an announcement on the time.Conti was launched on her personal recognizance after showing earlier than a choose Friday morning.She is going through a number of expenses together with grand larceny within the fourth diploma, legal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, in keeping with the legal grievance.She is due again in court docket on Jan. 6, public data point out.A lawyer representing Conti didn’t instantly reply to a message in search of remark Friday afternoon.EMS ALLEGEDLY STOLE IN AMBULANCEBarotov, of Penton Street in Nice Plains, was arraigned on Friday as properly for allegedly stealing a 63-year-old male coronavirus affected person’s bank card whereas transporting him in an ambulance and utilizing it for a number of purchases.Barotov took the affected person’s Uncover bank card whereas transporting him from Staten Island College Hospital to an undisclosed location on Staten Island on April 4, the grievance alleges.The EMS employee used the bank card 26 instances in the timeframe of about two weeks at a number of eating places, pharmacies and at a comfort retailer on Staten Island, the grievance alleges.“Yes I was in the back of the ambulance, I took the card,” Barotov advised officers, in keeping with the grievance. “I picked the guy’s bag. I picked up the wallet and took one card. I swiped it, then I swiped it again, then I swiped it again. The I threw it away. No one else had it. It was just me.”Barotov then threw the cardboard within the rubbish by the Staten Island Mall in New Springville “as a result of he felt responsible,” the grievance states.Barotov was launched on his personal recognizance as properly.A lawyer representing Barotov was not publicly listed Friday afternoon.