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Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Major McBurney Suspended

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-22 17:04:12-05

A Rutherford County Sheriff's major who lied about his citizenship has been suspended.

Warrants Major Terry McBurney was suspended without pay and decommissioned from his law enforcement duties effective Wednesday.

McBurney, has been on leave since being indicted by a federal grand jury in November.

The indictment charged McBurney with unlawful procurement of naturalization, giving false statements regarding an application for U.S. citizenship and seven counts of wire fraud.

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“Due to substantial concerns of your involvement within an active federal criminal investigation, all duties authorized and empowered to you as a deputy sheriff in accordance with Tennessee state law is temporarily removed,” Chief Keith Lowery said.

His weapon and identification cards as a law enforcement officer were taken for safekeeping while his court case is proceeding.

McBurney previously worked for the Sheriff’s Office but left after an investigation involving items taken from a home where he evicted property.

He rejoined the Sheriff’s Office in 2010. His last assignment was major over the Warrants, Records and Evidence divisions.