Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring Hill health care worker is accused of stealing from elderly patient

BROOKSVILLE — A 41-year-old Spring Hill health care worker is facing charges of stealing several hundred dollars from an elderly patient in his care.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, detectives arrested Titus Marcell Houston on Wednesday after it was discovered that he had used an 88-year-old woman's credit card to make 27 transactions at locations throughout Hillsborough and Hernando counties.

In reviewing the fraudulent transactions on video, detectives determined that 13 of them were made in Hernando County, totaling $436.73.

After noticing the unauthorized charges on her credit card, the victim, who is not a resident of Hernando County, contacted authorities in April. Detectives learned that she had been diagnosed with medical issues during the past year that impaired her judgment and required her to have nursing care.

Detectives determined through video surveillance tapes that Houston, who worked as the victim's health care provider, was the same man shown using the credit card to make a payment to his Bright House Networks account. Later contacted at his home, the suspect admitted to making all of the fraudulent transactions in question. However, Houston did not admit to stealing the credit card from the victim, telling detectives he couldn't recall how he obtained it.

Houston was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center, where he was charged with one count of exploitation of the elderly/disabled adult. Bail was set at $2,000.

Detectives say they believe there may be more victims of Houston in Hernando County. Anyone who believes they might a victim should contact Det. Dustin Mormando at (352) 797-3728 or

Logan Neill can be reached at or (352) 848-1435.

Spring Hill health care worker is accused of stealing from elderly patient 09/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. KB Home cuts CEO's bonus after vulgar rant at Kathy Griffin (w/video)

    Real Estate

    NEW YORK — One of the nation's biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral.

    Comic Kathy Griffin and KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger are neighbors. [Associated Press]
  2. Men of Vision get to work after Hurricane Irma


    Answering the call to action after the departure of Hurricane Irma, they cleaned up fallen branches in mid-Tampa neighborhoods and in Rowlett Park, where they toiled alongside Tampa city workers, and they came out in force to clean up the Hillsborough River, pulling out gas cans, trash cans, old tires and even a …

    hillsmov092217: The Men of Vision helped clean up Rowlett Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  3. Visitors get in free Saturday at Tampa Bay History Center


    Times staff

    TAMPA — Nothing to do Saturday? Go back in history.

    Machine gun at the ready, a paratrooper of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Brigade advances cautiously  near Hue, South Vietnam on April 3, 1968.
  4. MacDill chuckling as UFO website reports 'flying triangles' at base: Howard Altman


    My Twitter feed on MacDill Air Force Base has been out of this world lately.


    Michael Salla, who runs an extraterrestrial research website, claims these are images taken of UFOs near MacDill Air Force Base earlier this month. []
  5. Pittman: Why Irma drained the water from Tampa Bay


    Nobody could believe it. As Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Tampa Bay suddenly went dry. People hopped down onto the bay bottom, now a vast sandy expanse, and walked around, stunned.

    Scores of people walk on the sand of Tampa Bay along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa on Sept. 9. As Hurricane Irma approached, the water temporarily receded to an extreme level allowing people to walk on what used to be the waters of Tampa Bay. Tampa police later asked people to leave for their safety. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]