Editor's Note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that two of those indicted were Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers. In fact, only one of the indicted was a trooper. The Tribune apologizes for the error.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers who worked at the weigh station on Interstate 81 in Greene County was indicted Monday by a Greene County grand jury for criminal conspiracy to commit bribery of a public servant and bribery of a public servant.
Ray Lee Stubblefield Jr., a 48-year-old trooper who lives in Morristown, was indicted for three counts of both offenses. Billy Wayne Wise, a 56-year-old who lives in Midway, was indicted for one count of apiece, but Wise has other legal problems.
Stubblefield allegedly received money from Jerry L. Mesinger and Anthony Joe Zgrodek III “in exchange for commercial truck and/or trailer repair business referrals,” the indictments state.
Wise allegedly received money intended for Stubblefield that was paid by Mesinger, the indictment states. Mesinger apparently was not indicted. The Greene County grand jury indicted Zgrodek for bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.
This morning, District Attorney Dan Armstrong declined to comment on the case beyond information in the indictment.
The alleged criminal activity occurred over a two-year period beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. The information apparently did not come to investigators until after Dec. 31, 2017. The criminal inquiry involved the THP, the FBI, the Tennessee Department of Safety, along with record requests from financial institutions and Wise and Zgrodek’s businesses.
Wise was also indicted for theft over $10,000 and 35 counts of sales tax evasion. Wise allegedly stole $24,046 “belonging to the state of Tennessee,” the indictment states.
All of the offenses for which Stubblefield and Wise were indicted are felonies. If convicted of a felony related to his employment, Stubblefield could lose the state-contributed portion of his retirement benefits.