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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A Bell County grand jury indicted a 20-year-old Killeen woman Wednesday accused of posing as another woman during repeated shoplifting arrests.

Dawniesha Chante Mathis has been charged with fraudulent use of identifying information, a third-degree felony.

The alleged victim, a friend of Mathis', first became aware that someone was using her driver's license in December 2009 when an attorney from Sears Holdings contacted her regarding a theft from one of its stores, according to an arrest affidavit.

She later told police she suspected Mathis of using her ID because she knew Mathis had engaged in similar activities in the past.

Police arrested the alleged victim on March 15, 2010, on a theft warrant police now believe Mathis committed. After finding the woman was not the suspect, she was released, Assistant Bell County District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said.

The affidavit states Killeen police became aware that Mathis was pretending to be the victim after Mathis was arrested and accused of stealing from a Sears again on Nov. 19. During that arrest, Mathis gave officers the name, date of birth and address of the alleged victim.

When an officer compared a booking photo taken from the arrest to an earlier mug shot of Mathis, he found the two photos to be of the same

person, it states.

Officers also compared fingerprints taken from the alleged victim's arrest in March and Mathis' arrest in November and found they did not match.

Those same fingerprints were compared to fingerprints previously obtained on July 8, 2009, from Mathis. They matched.

Because Mathis allegedly pretended to be the other woman during the arrest, the woman has had difficulty finding employment. She told police how she has been turned down for student loans because of the arrest. Bledsoe said the erroneous arrest also led to the woman being fired from a job at Fort Hood.

Mathis was previously indicted on a burglary of a habitation charge stemming from a Jan. 25 incident.

If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The grand jury also returned indictments against the following people Wednesday:

Derrick Monroe Garner, 25, of Killeen, on a charge of arson. Garner is accused of attempting to set his apartment on fire March 19 following an argument with a friend.

Michael James Overton, 25, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. Overton is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl March 7.

Joseph Jay Skiba, 41, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. Overton is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl several times over the course of three years.

Jason Wayne Brooks, 33, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Melinda Marie Marrero, 18, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Jerald Keith Hamilton, 23, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Carmey Carnell Bynum Jr., 28, of Killeen, on a charge of assault strangulation.

Isaac Duane Terrell, 33, of Killeen, on a charge of assault strangulation.

Michael Anthony Caldwell, 47, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.

Garry Allen Hudson Jr., 29, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine 1 gram or more.

Laionie Hicks, 21, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine 1 gram or more.

Nikki Lynn Bachmayer, 29, of Temple, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Vincente Montez Jr., 27, of Temple, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Erminia Marie Sanchez, 26, of Temple, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Michael Ray Morris, 43, of Temple, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle.

Walter Scott, 51, of Temple, on a charge of obstruct retaliation.

Aaron Devon Royster, 24, of Belton, on a charge of assault enhanced.

Horacio Cordelle Hornsby, 18, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.

Saul Rodriguez, 30, of Temple, on two charges of possession of methamphetamine less than 1 gram.

Dominique Laprell Parker, 27, of Temple, on a charge of possession of marijuana 5 pounds or less.

Tommy Lee Stubblefield, 51, of Killeen, on a charge of driving while intoxicated III.

Beverly Daniels, 42, of Temple, on a charge of tampering with a government record.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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