Gwinnett nurse indicted, accused of stealing $10K from Cobb patients

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Gwinnett nurse indicted, accused of stealing $10K from Cobb patients

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A nurse accused of spending $10,000 on credit cards she stole from patients at an Austell medical facility has been indicted.

The grand jury handed down the decision against April Echols, 36 of Loganville, last Friday.

Nurse Finders, the nursing services agency she worked for, placed her at Anderson Mill Health and Rehabilitation Center — 2130 Anderson Mill Road — in December, according to an arrest warrant.

The warrant said she stole a 69-year-old female patient’s credit card and spent more than $4,500 at Walgreens, Wal-Mart and QuikTrip.

She tried to use the card multiple other times but was declined, according to the warrant. If the card had not been declined, it would have cost the woman more than an additional $31,500, according to the warrant.

Police previously said she pretended to be a victim while calling the credit card company to approve the charges.

The second patient she allegedly stole a credit card from was a 68-year-old patient with ALS — or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The man’s family thought something was up when they saw two $2,000 money orders from Publix and several ATM withdrawals on his account.

Echols has been in jail since she was arrested in January with a bond of $55,220 on her 10 charges.

Her nursing license expired while in jail, according to state records.

The facility where she allegedly stole the cards has 170 beds, according to U.S. World & News Report.

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