A woman accused of forging several checks on an account held by the city of Middlesboro has been indicted.
Carrie Louise Gambrell, 31, of Middlesboro, was indicted on 11 counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and eight counts of theft by deception under $500. She was an employee of the city of Middlesboro and worked in the city clerk’s office at the time of her arrest.
According to a prior press release, the investigation began when a family member filed a complaint that Gambrell had taken several of his personal checks. The checks were written payable to her and the signature of the account holder was forged.
During the investigation, city accounts were reviewed and city clerk Sandra Wilson discovered several checks made to Gambrell over the same time period, according to the press release. Police said the examination of these checks revealed they contained the forged signatures of both Wilson and Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley.
The alleged forged checks ranged in amounts from $100 to $350, according to the indictment. The alleged acts took place between February and July 2013.
The checks were written for accounts of the city fire and ambulance fund and the city general fund, according to the arrest citation. All of the checks were cashed at Community Trust Bank and Bill’s Market.
MPD Officer Barry Cowan and Lt. Tom Busic were in charge of the investigation of the original complaint. Sharpe and Det. Joe Holder investigated the case involving city funds.
In other court news, Amanda Jane Miracle was also indicted on several forgery charges. She was indicted on 10 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
According to the indictment, Miracle possessed checks belonging to Robert Dyer and attempted to cash them at Kroger, Save-A-Lot and Shoe Show. The checks ranged in amounts from $35.10 to $416.35.
The two officers involved in the case were Jeremiah Johnson and Kenny Vanover of the Middlesboro Police Department.
Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.