RUSSELLVILLE – A local man and his wife are in jail after being indicted for using an elderly family member’s debit card to get money to play bingo.

Rickey Joe Murray, 54, Willow Bend Apartments, and his wife, Carol, 43, have been indicted on charges of financial exploitation of the elderly, Police Chief Chris Hargett said.

Police said the two turned themselves in to Russellville police after they were indicted. The indictments were issued during the May session of the Franklin County grand jury.

Reports indicate the victim is 75, and was in a Russellville medical facility when the couple is accused of taking the credit card.

“They just took advantage of her not being around, took her credit card, and went to an ATM and withdrew cash,” Sgt. Jake Tompkins said.

Reports indicate the couple went to Mississippi and used the money to play bingo.

Police said the woman discovered the money had been taken without her knowledge and contacted police.

Tompkins said following an investigation, the case was turned over to the district attorney's office, which presented it to the grand jury.

Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said the couple is scheduled to be arraigned June 28 by Franklin Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey. He said the cases could be put on a pretrial conference docket for August.

They were being held Monday in Russellville City Jail without bail.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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