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Sullivan inmate, girlfriend charged in credit card scheme

J. H. Osborne • Dec 14, 2019 at 1:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — An inmate of the Sullivan County Jail has been charged, along with a young woman police describe as his girlfriend, with using a family member’s credit card to add money to his and other inmates’ jail accounts without the relative’s permission, according to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

The following details were provided by the SCSO:

• On Dec. 3, the victim reported fraudulent activity on his bank account. The payments had been made to Securus, the jail inmate phone system provider. The victim believed that a family member, Anthony Ennis, an inmate at the Sullivan County Jail, was possibly responsible for the fraudulent charges.

• The SCSO investigated and concluded that Ennis, 29, and Savanna Hutson, 19, Kingsport, had made arrangements to place funds on Ennis’ jail account as well as several other inmate accounts.

• In all, 54 transactions were made that were not authorized by the victim. The total amount of the transactions was $2,230.63. The transactions occurred between Nov.18 and Dec. 2.

• Both Ennis and Hutson have been charged with 54 counts of identity theft, 54 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and theft under $2,500.00.

• Hutson also received additional charges when she was taken into custody on the warrant for identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and the theft under $2,500 charge. When detectives stopped the vehicle in which Hutson was a passenger, a detective noticed a strong odor of marijuana. Hutson handed over a bottle that contained marijuana. Hutson gave detectives permission to search her purse that was located inside the vehicle, and officers found two small baggies of methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia. Hutson was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule VI narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ennis and Hutson remained jailed as of Friday.