Two women tried to use a hospital disguise to avoid fraud charges, but police were fooled and arrested the suspect in connection to the multi-state scheme, authorities said.
Austin police responded to St. David’s Medical Center around 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 after security workers asked for backup.
There, officials said two women, Lus Dary DeSouza, 49, and Meeka Poteek Baker, 56, wearing blue scrubs and wigs to impersonate hospital personnel, were detained after nurses working the floor thought the two looked suspicious.
“The nurses alerted hospital security, who was able to locate the suspects. When the security guards stopped the two women, one suspect threw down seven credit cards and the other suspect began assaulting the security guards,” according to a statement from the Austin Police Department.
Officers determined that two security guards were victims of assault on a public servant, and three nurses were victims of fraudulent possession of identifying information.
Both suspects had multiple fraud-related felony warrants out of several states. Both suspects were booked into the Travis County Jail and the stolen credit cards were returned to the victims.