Hosital security guards charged with theft from patients http://www.privateofficer.com
After an internal investigation and an investigation by the detectives of the Jersey City police department two former security guards at the Jersey City Medical Center go on trial later this month for allegedly stealing cash and other valuables from patients worth $4,800, according to hospital and law enforcement officials.
Jersey City residents Charles C. Wilson, 30, of Graham Street, and Mark Beaufort, 36, of Boyd Street, once employees of the hospital’s security department have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, and conspiracy to commit theft by failure to make proper disposition with property received – third-degree crimes that could send both to prison for years.
These charges are the result of investigations conducted by the Jersey City Medical Center and the Jersey City Police Department that began in December and concluded in early January, police said.
Neither the two former security guards, who are out on bail, nor their attorneys, could be reached to comment.
Their trial begins May 22, officials said.
Shirley Gierbolini recently learned the former security guards allegedly stole $600 from her deceased father, along with a ring, a wood bracelet, and a silver pocket knife.
“They looked at him like he was nothing,” Gierbolini said about the former guards. “It’s a lack of respect for the dead.”
Police are not sure if there are other victims and are continuing their investigation.
In the meantime the two are free on bond waiting for their trial to begin.
In a statement, hospital officials said they began an internal investigation when they realized the wallet of Luis Gierbolini, Shirley’s father, was missing. “The hospital filed charges against two individuals and terminated their employment,” according to the statement.
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