A Rutherford County Sheriff's major has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Major Terry McBurney was indicted Wednesday on nine counts of unlawful procurement of naturalization. He pleaded not guilty to all nine charges.
This comes after the State Comptroller's Office reported McBurney made false statements on his federal Form I-9 and other citizenship paperwork. We've since learned the Ireland born 47-year old didn't officially become a U-S citizen until February 24th of this year.
The state investigation notes that McBurney applied for a position with the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office in September, 2010. He was hired, but former Sheriff Truman Jones fired McBurney when he learned of infractions. Sheriff Robert Arnold reportedly rehired him after taking office. McBurney was promoted to captain in 2013 and major in this past January (2016).
The Comptroller's report indicates that McBurney made false statements on state and federal forms, noting that he was a U-S citizen, when at the time he was not.
McBurney is facing up to ten years in prison if convicted on the charge of unlawful procurement of naturalization or citizenship, up to five years for making a false statement under oath in a matter relating to naturalization and up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud. He also faces a fine of 250-thousand dollars for each charge and could have his U.S. citizenship revoked, if found guilty.