A judge sentenced a former emergency room technician Wednesday to one year in county jail for using credit cards belonging to critically ill patients.
Emmanuel A. Fakoya, 57, of Oklahoma City, was also given three years probation.
Fakoya pleaded guilty in April to multiple charges, including two counts of taking a credit or debit card.
A 30-year employee, Fakoya resigned from OU Medical Center following his arrest in May 2011.
One of those patients, the victim of a motorcycle accident, was in a coma when his card was taken out of his wallet on Dec. 30, 2010, police said.
Allen Brown's credit card was used 16 times over a four-day period while he was in the hospital's intensive care unit, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Brown survived his injuries and addressed the court Wednesday, along with a second victim, Johnny Dickson.
Dickson and his wife were hospitalized March 11, 2011, following a car accident. Dickson's credit card was taken out of his wallet during his hospital stay and used in three states over a three-day period, police said.
Both patients had their clothes removed during treatment for their injuries, records show.
Suspect said he found cards
Fakoya denied taking the credit cards out of the patient's wallets, according to a presentence report.
Fakoya said he found the credit cards on the floor and used them because he was having financial problems.
Fakoya apologized to his victims before being sentenced by Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott, who fined Fakoya $1,000 and ordered him to pay $1,000 in victim restitution.
Authorities identified Fakoya making multiple transactions with the stolen credit cards through video surveillance at convenience store gas pumps, grocery stores and fast food restaurants in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi, according to police reports.
One of the cards was used in San Antonio on New Year's Eve, authorities said.
A hospital police detective testified Wednesday that Fakoya was suspected of taking credit cards from patients for more than 10 years, but authorities were unable to prove previous allegations.