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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.

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