East Ridge police have charged a husband and wife with multiple crimes relating to identity theft.
Jennifer Lynn and Andy Lee Suddath of a Fountain Avenue address were charged with Identity Theft Trafficking following the execution of a search warrant on Sept. 1. Ms. Suddath was also charged with Criminal Simulation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mr. Suddath, 30, was charged with Conspiracy.
According to an affidavit of complaint, officers went to the couple’s apartment to execute a search warrant relating to an auto theft. When Ms. Suddath went to retrieve her identification, an officer saw a copy of a Tennessee drivers license and social security card belonging to the complainant of the auto theft. When police inventoried Ms. Suddath’s purse, officers found a syringe with a minute amount of of suspected methamphetamine.
The report states that officers located two counterfeit checks totaling more than $5,000 issued to the 33-year old Ms. Suddath from two different businesses. Ms. Suddath, the report states, told officers that she never had been employed by the companies.
The report states that officers found four credit cards belonging to other parties and a social security card and a drivers license belonging to other people. Police also located a sheet of paper containing “identifying information” including social security numbers, tax identification numbers, checking account routing numbers and various other banking account numbers for individuals at different banks.
The report states that police also found IRS returns, loan applications and other documents tied to 25 potential identity theft victims from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Multiple computer hard drives, laptops and monitors were seized by police.
The couple are being held without bond. They are scheduled to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Sept. 13.