Winston-Salem man accused of filing false liens against multiple agencies

Johnathan Laron Friend, 25, of Winston-Salem

Johnathan Laron Friend, 25, of Winston-Salem

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A Winston-Salem man is accused of filing a false lien against multiple agencies, including the Forsyth and Guilford district attorneys.

Johnathan Laron Friend, 25, has been arrested and faces seven charges of felony false lien filings, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

Davidson County officials said they learned Tuesday a false lien had been filed in the Davidson County Register of Deeds.

Officials said the suspect had filed a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement in the Davidson County Register of Deeds on Monday.

Friend allegedly listed an assistant supervisor with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License & Theft Bureau, a Guilford County superior court judge, the Guilford County district attorney and the Forsyth County district attorney as debtors on the form, placing a $10 million lien against each of them.

Deputies said the suspect had also filed a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement in the Davidson County Register of Deeds on March 12.

The suspect allegedly listed the same assistant supervisor with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License & Theft Bureau and two assistant district attorneys of the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office as debtors on the form, placing a $10 million lien against each of them as well.

Friend had also listed court docket numbers as well as a vehicle as debtors on the lien forms.

Friend was being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center on unrelated charges at the time of his arrest, according to deputies.

He was taken before a Forsyth County Judicial Official and issued a $50,000 secured bond in reference to these charges. The suspect has court planned for June 3.

18 comments

  • Momto4

    If they went to buy a house that would show up in a title search and be a problem for any lenders giving loans.

  • l337g33k

    They do this just to be a-holes, its a sovereign citizen thing they like to do to governmental employees whom they believe infringe upon their rights of “not being part of the united states.” Basically they are folks that renounce their citizenship and refuse to pay taxes, vehicle registrations, etc… It obviously DOESN’T work that way, and they put false liens as a huge inconvenience to those who impede them being …. sovereign.

  • Don't Know Why

    He is one of the Sovereign Citizens, those that believe they don’t have to answer to the laws, they only have to live by common laws…

  • Chucky

    The liens against government buildings are basically worthless but a lien against a person’s home can prevent them from selling their home or getting financing for other purchases. This guy and a few others have been making life difficult for many government employees. If they get arrested or charged with something they file these liens on anyone whose names appear on their paperwork during the process. I hope they throw the book at him.

  • news2me

    He spends his time doing these false liens.

    Make him do community service for the next 25 years..

    I can not get over what some people do for whatever reason?

  • B

    If it had happened to the average person nothing would have been done. It would be all on the victim to get everything cleared up and very costly.

  • time to wake up

    The liens were legal they locked him up to get him to release the liens because they agreed to release him if he remove the liens but he disagreed and refused.

  • time to wake up

    He’s smart all liens were legal and was placed due to their illegal activity time to do a honest news report they denied him a id after he paid for it then arrested him leaving the dmv and made it where he couldn’t receive a id for no reason they refused him after taking his money then charged him for what they prevented him from getting that’s illegal they can’t legal deny you of an id.

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