SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A mother and daughter working as caregivers rack up $10,000 in charges on a patient's credit card after he dies.
Scottsdale police report that on January 24 Jounelle Stefany Palafox, age 26 and her mother Ruth Palafox-Murillas, age 48, were arrested in separate locations in Phoenix.
The two women worked for Homewatch as caregivers. They were responsible for caring for a man in Scottsdale.
Their patient died on November 28, but his daughter received notifications that his credit card was still being used, "multiple times a day for large amounts of money."
The card had more than $10,000 in charges on it from Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Wal-Mart..
Investigators received receipts and video surveillance from the stores allegedly showing the pair making purchases of toys, jewelry, high-end perfume and makeup.
Police believe this is not the first time Ruth has stolen from clients.
They have been charged with theft and fraud.