A home health aide was arrested Wednesday, after she allegedly stole debit and credit cards belonging to her elderly patient and then went on a shopping spree, the Florida sheriff’s office said.
Maria D. Avilar Ramos, 41, is currently being held in the Collier County Jail, in southern Florida, on charges of theft from a victim 65 or older, fraudulent use of credit cards and fraudulent use of an ID of a victim 65 or older.
Avilar Ramos allegedly used her 105-year-old patient’s debit card at several retail locations, including a Walgreens and Publix. She was hired to care for the elderly woman and her husband, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
The health aid was allegedly captured on surveillance footage using the victim’s credit card at several retail locations on Dec. 26.
“This individual preyed on a vulnerable member of our community, and that’s unacceptable in Collier County,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk in a statement.
“Thanks to excellent investigative work by our detectives she is in jail and will now be held accountable for her criminal actions.”
In an interview with police detectives, Avilar Ramos denied making unauthorized transactions with her patient’s debit cards.