By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A mother and daughter were arrested last week by West Virginia State Police Trooper D.M. Williamson on outstanding warrants that had been obtained against them last August on charges of identity theft and petit larceny.
Tina Pennington (Mounts), 44, of Williamson, and her daughter, Samantha Owens, 25, of Delbarton, were taken into custody on warrants that had been issued last August, at the request of Trooper J.J. Dean III.
The complaint against the two female defendants reads that last Aug. 6, William Mounts advised the officer that Pennington, who is his ex-wife, had stolen his West Virginia EBT (food-stamps) card and with the assistance of her daughter, activated the card with intentions of using it to make purchases. The theft was witnessed by Burgess Ray Dalton, who told the trooper he saw the women activating the card via a pay phone located outside of a laundromat in Williamson.
If convicted, Pennington and Owens could face jail sentences of no more than a year and fines not to exceed $2,500 on the petit larceny charge (a misdemeanor) and sentences of 1-5 years in a state penitentiary and a $1,000 fine on the identity-theft charge.
The mother and daughter were arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court and were released from custody after posting bond.