HOUSTON A woman has been charged after police say she stole more than $56,000 from the women s hospital where she was employed.

Tajuana Cooper, 39, has been charged with aggregate theft, a third degree felony.

Investigators say that between September 7, 2011 and February 20, 2012, Cooper stole more than $56,000 from the Northwest Women s Center, where she was working as a billing specialist.

When the hospital transitioned their billing system last fall, Cooper reportedly used her credit card for a test run and once her number was in the system, she was able to move money into her account.

Her employers found out about the crime when a patient called asking for a refund, and staff members looked into the payments being made, according to court documents.

Witnesses say that when confronted by a doctor at the hospital about the stolen money, Cooper apologized and said she would give it back.

In an interview with police, Cooper allegedly said that she stole money because her husband is unemployed, her mother is sick and she had to support her five children.

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