CROWN POINT, Ind. (STMW) – Eleven felony counts have been filed against a Hammond man who admitted to police he used a 91-year-old hospital patient’s credit card without his permission.
Hugo E. Gil, 39, of the 500 block of Highland Street, was working as a nursing assistant at St. Margaret Mercy Hospital when the man’s credit card was stolen from his wallet, which was inside his pants pocket. The man was hospitalized from Jan. 6 through 9.
Charges totaling $1,378 were made on the man’s card at Meijer, Home Depot, GameStop, Auto Zone, Petco, Luke Oil, Exxon Mobil, Strack and Van Til and CVS. The unauthorized purchases were made on Jan. 7 and 8, court records state.
Gil was charged in Lake Superior Court with three counts of forgery, seven counts of fraud and one count of identify deception. The forgery charges are punishable by a maximum eight-year sentence. The remaining charges are punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.
In an interview with police, Gil was shown photos of transactions at several of the businesses and he admitted he was the person in the security pictures, the probable cause affidavit states.
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