Like crime, this party didn't pay

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By Shannon Brock

A man who left a party at Eagle Lake Convention Center without paying for more than $4,200 in services is now in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail, according to Anderson County Sheriff's Department Det. Bryan Taylor.

Charles Martin Scruggs, 25, owner of C. Hustle Entertainment, of Tennessee, rented the convention center Oct. 27-28 and obtained limousine, security, crowd control and entertainment services, which were to be paid that evening.

Scruggs, however, took the proceeds from the door money and left without paying for any of the services, according to police reports.

Scruggs arranged meetings to pay those whom he owed, but never followed through, Taylor said.

Eventually those people brought the complaint to the sheriff's department and, after investigating, a warrant was issued for Scruggs' arrest.

Scruggs was arrested in Louisville last week on drug charges, Taylor said. Scruggs was transferred from the Jefferson County Jail to the Franklin County Regional Jail on Thursday.

As of Tuesday morning, Scruggs was still in custody on a $5,000 cash bond.

He is charged with theft of services, which is a Class D felony and carries a punishment of one to five years.

Scruggs is scheduled to appear in Anderson County District Court on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. for a pretrial conference.