Scottsdale PD: Mother, daughter caregivers use dead patient's credit card

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 16:58:14-05

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.