Woman charged with forgery

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   A 31-year-old woman was arrested by local law enforcement officers on Monday and charged with several counts of forgery after she reportedly obtained a fake identification and used it to secure credit with a local financial institution.
   Eunice Lydell, 31, of 11 Ivy Court, Gray, was arrested at approximately 11 a.m. Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kevin Cable on three warrants which had been taken out by Special Agent Dan Bowman of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The first warrant charged Lydell with three counts of forgery, the second warrant charged her with two counts of forgery and criminal impersonation and the third warrant charged her with two counts of forgery, for a total of seven counts of forgery and one count of criminal impersonation.
   According to Bowman, the investigation into Lydell and her subsequent arrest began recently when law enforcement officers in Washington County were arresting a man who was wanted out of the state of Georgia. "She (Lydell) was in Washington County, in Gray Station, with fugitive from justice Corey Wilson, who was arrested on murder charges from Fulton County, Ga.," Bowman said.
   At the time of Wilson's arrest, law enforcement officers spoke with Lydell and she reportedly identified herself as Kimberly Osborne, but was soon recognized by law enforcement officers who were familiar with her and knew that she was in fact Lydell and not Osborne, according to Bowman, adding that Lydell had presented officers with a driver's license issued by the state of Tennessee which identified her as Osborne.
   "I was contacted and asked to assist them (law enforcement officers), especially since she had obtained a Tennessee driver's license in a different name," Bowman said.
   During the investigation into how Lydell was able to obtain a driver's license in the name of another individual, the trail of Lydell's alleged criminal activity led to Carter County, where she allegedly obtained the falsified driver's license. In addition to discovering that Lydell had reportedly obtained the falsified license in Carter County, Bowman also discovered that she had used the false identity to defraud a local financial institution.
   "We found that in Carter County she committed several forgeries concerning getting the false driver's license, a false application for a driver's license and also a loan at Carter County Bank where she posed as Kimberly Osborne to obtain credit to purchase a Dodge Durango," Bowman said.
   As a result of the investigation, Bowman took out warrants on Lydell charging her with the seven counts of forgery and one count of criminal impersonation. "Those charges were the result of the investigation where she actually committed forgeries by signing Kimberly Osborne's name to those documents," Bowman said.
   Lydell appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Tuesday and her case was delayed to allow her time to hire an attorney. She was ordered by General Sessions Court Judge John Walton to return to court on May 17 with an attorney.