HOLIDAY — First he cajoled her to move in with him from out of state.
Then, William Bradley Tide, 48, of Holiday stole nearly $150,000 from Maryanne Andersen, a woman in her 60s with a mental disability, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Tarpon Springs Police Department.
He spent more than $9,000 of that in a strip club, leaving Anderson alone in his house without furniture, "living in complete disarray," deputies said.
Tide was taken into custody Monday and faces two charges of exploitation of an elderly or disabled person.
Tide met Andersen, who was living in Connecticut at the time, in 2015 after she sought computer help over the Internet. He traveled to New England and ultimately persuaded Anderson to move in with him in Tarpon Springs.
Andersen, 69, has bipolar disorder and was prescribed lithium for years, deputies said. In 2014, she was admitted to a Stamford, Conn., hospital for psychiatric reasons.
Once Andersen moved in with Tide, who referred to her as his girlfriend and fiancee when speaking with deputies, he tried to consolidate her assets into bank accounts he controlled.
Over time, the Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association of America received 76 phone calls in which Tide tried to have her savings transferred; representatives could hear Tide try to have Andersen say certain things over the phone, deputies said. TIAA refused, suspecting fraud, but Tide was successful in transferring money from another of her accounts.
Tide ended up withdrawing $134,910 over the counter, obtained $4,020 from ATMs and spent an additional $9,237.78 at Bare Assets strip club in Holiday, deputies said.
He was being held Wednesday on $50,005 bail in the Pinellas County Jail.
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