Greene County, TN man part of TBI probe in false liens, forgery


A Greene County, Tennessee man is one of ten individuals arrested by the TBI following a year-long investigation into false liens and entries on state documents involving dozens of pieces of property.

James Michael Usinger, 64, of Greeneville, is named in the 320-count indictment. He is charged with 22 counts of draw a lien without legal basis and 22 counts of forgery of $250,000 or more, according to the agency.

The documents were filed with the Secretary of State's office and were filed against individuals- including police officers, county mayors, sheriffs and elected officials, among others- and encumbering their properties, the TBI report said.

The liens ranged in amounts, from $4 to 12 million, the agency reported.

A Davidson County, TN grand jury indicted Usinger and the other nine suspects on Jan. 24. They were taken into custody on Wednesday and then transported to Nashville for formal booking.