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Nurse suspected of stealing from Alzheimer's patient

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:59 PM
SPRING HILL -

Deputies announced they arrested a home health care nurse suspected of stealing a credit card belonging to an 88-year-old Alzheimer's patient.

Titus Marcell Houston, 41, is accused of using the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union card about 27 times at various places across the Tampa area.

Houston's patient contacted the Tampa Police Department to report the fraud. Tampa police then contacted the Hernando County Sheriff's Office to assist in the investigation, authorities said.

Thirteen of the transactions took place in Hernando County, totaling $436, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives said they viewed video surveillance that showed Houston making the purchases at most of the Hernando locations.

"In one instance, the suspect even used the credit card to make a payment toward his own Bright House Networks account," said sheriff's office spokeswoman Denise Moloney in a media release.

Photographs from the surveillance were compared to photographs of the suspect who lives at the house where the Bright House account was paid. The images were an obvious match, deputies said.

Houston was contacted Wednesday at 4055 Redwing Dr., the address assigned to the Bright House account, and was interviewed by detectives.

Houston admitted to being the 88-year-old woman's nurse, but did not admit to stealing her credit card, Moloney said.

The suspect said he couldn't remember how he obtained the credit card, but admitted he knew the woman's judgment was impaired due to her medical condition, according to the sheriff's office.

Mormando said he forwarded his report to Tampa police for them to review. The actual theft of the card occurred in Tampa as did many of the 27 transactions, the detective said.

Houston was booked at the Hernando County Jail on one count of exploitation of the elderly. His bail was set at $2,000.

Authorities suspect there are more victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Mormando at (352) 797-3728.


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