DuPage County, Ill., prosecutors released Wednesday that a hospital worker, who was in dire need of money in order to pay off a cable bill, admitted to stealing two rings off the fingers of a dead woman he was taking to the morgue.
Frederick Tapley, who worked at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, snatched an engagement and wedding ring from a deceased 72-year-old woman back in July.
According to DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Cronin, the 37-year-old hospital employee stole the rings then pawned them. Tapley told investigators that he was in dire need of money in order to settle a mounting cable bill debt.
Cronin told a judge at Tapley's trial on Wednesday that at the funeral of the deceased woman, a family member noticed that the rings were missing and immediately notified authorities.
Apparently, Tapley's sticky fingers while on duty caught up with him again back in 2001 when he stole credit cards from a patient at another Chicago hospital facility. At the time, he was convicted of a misdemeanor theft and received a sentence of conditional discharge.
However, this go-round, Tapley faces a count of felony theft and may be looking at five years in prison. He will be sentenced in the coming months.
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