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St. Joseph nurse’s aide charged with using dead patient’s credit card

Less than two hours after an 88-year-old grandfather died last September, his credit card went shopping.

The two women who allegedly did the shopping were arraigned in State Supreme Court Monday morning, accused of using a credit card taken from a patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga shortly after the man died.

One of the women, Kenisha M. Jones, 26, worked as a nurses aide at the hospital, according to the prosecutor. She was arraigned Monday on one count of criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly taking the credit card from the man’s hospital room on Sept. 7 and using it at a Buffalo gas station 90 minutes later.

Assistant District Attorney James Mansour said Jones’s actions and those of her codefendant, Lashawn Lewis, 39, were captured by store security cameras. He said Lewis had the card after Jones and used it later that day and early the next morning.

Lewis reportedly was seen on camera using the card at two Bailey Avenue convenience stores and at the Walmart on Sheridan Drive, where she bought two flat-screen televisions. She faces four counts of criminal possession of stolen property, plus charges of identity theft and forgery.

Lewis also has other criminal cases pending in Buffalo City Court, including eight traffic-related charges from June and 18 charges related to a July 18 DWI arrest, and she remains in custody. Jones, who has no prior criminal record, is free on her own recognizance. The relationship between the two women was not immediately known.

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