Lillian Mumford, 44, of Knoxville, Tenn., also known as Lillian Johnson or Lillian Middleton, has been charged with 14 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, 36 counts of theft by unlawful taking of property over $300 and three counts of theft by unlawful taking of property under $300.
Tommy Johnson, president of Harlan EMS ambulance service, contacted the Enterprise last week regarding the case. Johnson, of Knoxville, Tenn., stated that Mumford, his ex-wife, took care of the books for Harlan EMS. The business is operated by D.W. Baker and his wife, Chrissy, who is Johnson and Mumford's daughter.
According to D.W. Baker, around $75,000 was allegedly stolen from Harlan EMS last year between February and July.
The indictment lists various amounts that were allegedly taken beginning Feb. 3, 2006. It is alleged on the indictment that Mumford possessed forged checks from the Harlan EMS checking account. It is also alleged that Mumford wrote checks to herself from the Harlan EMS checking account without the permission of the owner of the company. Also alleged is that Mumford stole money from the Harlan EMS checking account by paying various credit card bills through direct withdrawal.
The case was investigated by Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird, who was a Harlan City Police officer at the time of the alleged incident. He presented the case to a Harlan County Grand Jury and an indictment was returned on Feb. 6.
A warrant of arrest was issued for Mumford on the indictment with a cash bond set at $5,000. Johnson told the Enterprise that Mumford was supposed to turn herself in at the sheriff's office last week. According to documents from the Harlan Circuit Clerk's Office, the warrant was served on Mumford on May 8 by Lipfird.
The citation lists Mumford as living in Salvisa. A bond decision signed by pretrial officer Traci Bowman listed Mumford's bond as amended to $20,000 surety, and she was released following her arrest. Mumford could receive over 200 years in prison if a jury convicts her on all the charges. Most of the charges against her are Class D felonies.
In other police news:
-- Vernon Pace, 35, of Lexington, is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
It is alleged that Pace possessed forged checks, knowing they were stolen, and cashed them.
Pace was arrested on the warrant by KSP trooper Edward Abner and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with bond set at 10 percent of $10,000.
-- Sheila A. McMillon, 44, of Evarts, is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
It is alleged that McMillon possessed a forged check and cashed it, knowing it was stolen.
McMillon was arrested on the warrant by Abner and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. Her bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000.
-- Jennifer L. Brown, 24, of Mary Alice, was arrested by Cumberland City Police officer Mike Franks on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and alcohol intoxication.
According to a citation, Franks said he was transporting a man to the Harlan County Detention Center when he observed Brown sitting on a guardrail at Nolansburg. Franks said he stopped to check on Brown.
Franks said Brown's speech was severely slurred and she had pill residue in her nostrils. Franks said he had Brown empty her pockets and she had a cigarette pack with 13 tablets inside. Franks said the pills were identified by poison control analysts as oxycodone. Franks said Brown was manifestly under the influence of a controlled substance.
Brown was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
-- Mike R. Kidwell, 30, of Big Laurel, was arrested by KSP trooper Marcus Williams.
According to the citation, Kidwell is charged with being a fugitive (deserter from the Armed Forces).
Kidwell was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.