A FRAUDSTER nurse has been banned from practising after ripping off Queensland Health for 15 taxi fares - worth $1201.50.
Former director of nursing at Nanango Hospital, Nyrie Roos, has been disqualified from applying for registration, after she was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
On April 12 this year QCAT heard Roos made fraudulent charges while working at Kingaroy and Nanango hospitals in 2013.
A local taxi service transported Roos between home and Kingaroy and Nanango hospitals despite the fact Queensland Health had made a government vehicle available to her for work-related travel.
She had previously faced the criminal courts over these offences and on June 20, 2013 she pleaded guilty to fraud.
Roos claimed she had verbal authority from her line manager to use the taxis.
However the manager denied giving authority and said it was limited to late night callouts when she felt unsafe driving late at night between Nanango and Kingaroy.
The court heard Roos used fake names to book the cabs.
Magistrate James Thomas said while it was not the most heinous offence to come before the courts, public funds had been used for personal use.
"Her conduct clearly points to deceit rather than belief in authorisation," Mr Thomas said.
"The evidence including her plea of guilty satisfied me to the required standard that this was cynical and dishonest conduct over an extended period."
She was disqualified from applying for registration as a nurse for three years and ordered to pay the applicant's $6000 legal fee.
Earlier, in the criminal courts she was fined $500 and ordered to pay $157.70 restitution and no conviction was recorded.
In 2001 Roos was convicted of three counts of stealing and four counts of dishonestly obtaining property while working as a nurse at Nambour General Hospital.
In 2000 Roos stole a Myer and Commonwealth Bank card from Elizabeth Margaret Hudson's locker and spent at total of $2425.36. She also stole $80 crash from Michelle Ruth Davison's locker and used her bank card spending $800 in 2001.
On that occasion she was fined $1000 ordered to pay restitution and no conviction was recorded.
She was also ordered to attend counselling twice a month for six months.
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