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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Man charged with stealing from patients

A Woodbridge man who provides hospice services in Northern Virginia was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing credit cards and checks from his dying patients, Virginia State Police said.

Eddie Moussa, 29, has been linked to at least two cases — one in Haymarket and one in Fairfax County — in which families reported credit cards and checks missing after his stay in their homes, Virginia State Police Trooper Steve Benson said. More than $10,000 worth of charges were racked up on the stolen cards and checks, Benson said.

Moussa was charged with several counts of credit card theft and conspiracy to commit a felony, Benson said. Police have also charged Nathan Silla, 37, of Glenn Dale in the case. Benson said he allegedly used one of the stolen cards. Silla was recently charged with four other Washington area residents for allegedly creating counterfeit checks and altering stolen checks.

Moussa is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, Benson said.

Benson said his investigations into the Haymarket case began in January after a family noticed fraud charges on a deceased family member’s credit card. When they checked his wallet, the card was missing. Moussa had visited the Haymarket home Nov. 15 to care for the cancer patient. He allegedly passed the card to Silla, who used it to purchase car insurance.

Benson, who did not release the name of Moussa’s employer, said a similar incident occurred in Fairfax, and they are investigating a possible third case in Alexandria. Fairfax County police could not be reached for comment.

Benson said that there may be more victims, and added that people should be careful about what they leave out when people they don’t know enter their homes.

“People should be mindful that while hospice and various other home health organizations are great programs and are not involved in any criminal activity, they also have the possibility of having people with a less-than-stellar agenda working for them, as can any organization,” Benson said.

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