When Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold left a courtroom on May 30, 2016, he rushed past cameras and into a waiting vehicle with government tags. Sources confirmed the driver of the vehicle was Maj. Terry McBurney, one of Arnold’s employees.
So , by now you have to live under a rock to not know Arnold is in federal jail, suspended of his duties, and is facing a court date next year . Now enter into the fray Terry McBurney, who was, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday, on charges of unlawful procurement of naturalization; making false statements under oath in matters relating to his application for U.S. citizenship and naturalization status; and wire fraud.
Under Arnold’s careful watch, McBurney rose to the rank of Major , which would be fine, except you must be a citizen of these United States to do so. McBurney, until recently , was a citizen of Ireland. There’s also the little matter of McBurney being fired (according to county records) by former Sheriff Truman Jones in ’08. Then re-hired in ’10 by Arnold.
According to the Tennessee Comptrollers report:
“The deputy made false statements on his Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) application when he claimed he was a United States citizen,” the comptroller’s report said. “On the application dated December 16, 2010, the deputy stated he was a citizen of the United States, which is a requirement of qualifying to receive training. When questioned on Feb. 17, 2016, by investigative auditors, the deputy, who has received multiple promotions and now holds the rank of major, stated he was a U.S. citizen.”
According to records he became a U.S. Citizen on February 24, 2016.
The report from the State Comptroller’s Department got the attention of Homeland Security and TBI . Homeland Security found enough evidence to pursue the federal indictments.
More decisions on the future of the Sheriff’s Department will be discussed at the County Commissioners meeting at 6:00
Whether or not additional charges will be filed against Arnold for his involvement in the McBurney case are unknown at this time.
McBurney has pled not guilty to all 9 charges.