Brisbane aged care nurse reprimanded after stealing from resident

The healthcare worker took an elderly resident’s debit card and went on a spending spree, using it nine times in total.

The nurse, Michèle Lorna Pauline Peroumal, 46, has just been officially blamed for professional misconduct.

the Mail Mail reports that Peroumal stole the 87-year-old’s Visa Debit card while working at a Queensland nursing home in 2020.

She went to the resident’s room, removed the wallet from the patient’s purse, took out the debit card, then left with it at the end of her shift, the court heard.

The court heard that on the same day she went to Officeworks in North Lakes and, using PayPass, made the first of nine purchases.

It was over the next three hours that Peroumal amassed a total spend of $589.73 on the card, across numerous businesses including Bunnings, TSG, BWS, Woolworths, Priceline and Liquorland at the Aspley hypermarket .

The ninth purchase took place at the RSEA security store in Kedron, where Peroumal decided to buy clothes, the court heard.

The nurse pleaded guilty in 2020 to theft and nine counts of fraud at QLD Pine River Magistrates Court.

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