Eugene Harrell, 75
A Kingsport man has been arrested after claiming $13,000 in fraudulent purchases on his wife's credit card to police, though he allegedly consented to the transactions for another woman he's "involved with."
Eugene Harrell, 75, of 4701 Memorial Boulevard, was arrested Wednesday and charged with false reporting. According to a Kingsport Police Department incident report, in December he told an officer that a Lowe's Visa credit card had been used 21 times through February and March, without his or his wife's knowledge or permission.
Harrell, an authorized user of the card, said he knew of no suspects in the incident. Subsequent investigation by KPD Det. Monica Swayze reportedly revealed otherwise, leading police to a 26-year-old woman Harrell has been "involved with."
That individual was interviewed at the Sullivan County jail, where she's held on multiple charges in unrelated incidents. According to police records, she confirmed an ongoing "relationship" with Harrell — estimating that he had spent $200,000 on her, her children and her mother over five years.
Police say the 21 transactions Harrell reported as fraudulent were determined to be for the now-jailed woman. Those purchases reportedly ranged from pizza and cell phone minutes to tanning salon visits and dental work, totaling approximately $13,000.
The woman also claimed that Harrell has been adding $50 a week to her jail commissary, doing so since she was first incarcerated in April. She signed a written statement indicating financial support from Harrell, along with admitting to using the credit card "on many occasions" and with Harrell's "full consent."
Police obtained a warrant for Harrell's arrest on false reporting. He was taken into custody Wednesday morning at the business he owns, Industrial Electric Supply at 4002 Memorial Boulevard, and transported to the city jail. He has since been released on bond.