SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A mother and daughter working as caregivers racked up $10,000 in charges on a patient's credit card after he died.
Scottsdale police report that on January 24, Jounelle Stefany Palafox, 26, and her mother Ruth Palafox-Murillas, 48, were arrested in separate locations in Phoenix.
The two women worked as caregivers for a company called Homewatch. Police say the mother-daughter duo 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 Palafox-Murillas has stolen from clients.
Palafox and Oalafox-Murillas have been charged with theft and fraud.
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