Court Documents: Former THP officer charged with bribery of public servant

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GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A former Tennessee Highway Patrolman is facing charges in Greene County for bribery of a public servant.

Ray Lee Stubblefield, Jr. is charged with three counts of conspiracy to bribe a public servant and three counts of bribing a public servant.

According to court records, the violations occurred between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017.

The Grand Jury presentment for the counts of bribery of a public servant reveal that Stubblefield received money from Billy Wayne Wise, Jerry L. Mesigner and  Anthony Joe Zgrodek, III “in exchange for commercial truck and/or trailer repair business referrals.”

Ray Lee Stubblefield, Jr. (Greene County Jail)

The bribery charges are Class B felonies under Tennessee law.

The Grand Jury presentment for the counts of conspiracy reads “Ray Lee Stubblefield, a TN Highway Patrolman and a public servant, did receive money from…” Jerry L. Mesinger, Billy Wayne Wise and Anthony Joe Zgrodek, III “…in exchange for commercial truck and/or trailer repair business referrals.”

The conspiracy charges are Class C felonies under Tennessee law.

According to THP Lt. Bill Miller, Stubblefield, Jr. was hired by the agency on November 1, 1997. An internal investigation was opened by the Office of Professional Accountability on March 5, 2019.

Miller told News Channel 11 that Stubblefield, Jr. was terminated September 12, 2019 for “gross misconduct” related to the bribery charges.

Stubblefield is set for arraignment on January 10 in Greene County Circuit Court.

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