Former health trust nurse censured after stealing money for petrol

Bibin Yohannan Baby stole about $500 from Emerge Aotearoa.  (File photo)

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Bibin Yohannan Baby stole about $500 from Emerge Aotearoa. (File photo)

A former Wellington nurse who stole about $500 worth of his employer’s money has been censured and ordered to pay costs.

Bibin Yohannan Baby, who worked for the Emerge Aotearoa charitable trust, was charged with stealing various amounts of money using a company credit card between November 30, 2018, and October 10, 2019.

On Thursday the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal released its findings into the professional misconduct charge, which was laid against Baby.

In the report, Baby accepted his behavior amounted to professional misconduct, and the arbitration agreed.

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The tribunal ordered Baby to pay $3200.  (File photo)

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The tribunal ordered Baby to pay $3200. (File photo)

Between 2018 and 2019 Baby purchased fuel for his personal vehicle using his Emerge business credit card on nine occasions and over the same period made false entries into the travel logbook used he had been at Wellington’s Bowen Hospital when he had not.

When questioned about the allegations in September 2019, he provided false statements to his employer and said some of the stolen fuel was for an Emerge car, when it was for his own car.

Baby also said the Emerge petrol card was “broken” and he was waiting for a new one, when the replacement card had already been received and was in use at the time.

Baby used company funds for his own personal car.  (File photo)

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Baby used company funds for his own personal car. (File photo)

When questioned again in October 2019, he admitted he lied and had purchased fuel for his personal car. He resigned immediately and forfeited about $5200 in wages.

The offending was only discovered after a newly-appointed district manager for Emerge conducted a check on credit card use in September 2019.

In stealing from his employer, he potentially deprived service users of resources, the tribunal found. His conduct was a clear breach of trust, especially given Baby was employed in a managerial role with a higher level of responsibility and trust, the tribunal found.

The dishonest conduct clearly amounted to malpractice and negligence and was a departure from accepted practice to a significant degree. The tribunal also found the conduct lowers the reputation of the nursing profession.

Baby was censured, had conditions placed on his practice if he was ever to return to nursing, and was ordered to pay $3200.

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