Tennessee police chief, officer charged in extortion case


TBI says a former police chief and officer have been charged with extortion after making two arrestees contribute to the department's drug fund.

TBI Agents began investigating Julie Tanksley, 43, and Charles Godsey, 46, on April 8th, 2015.

During the course of the investigation, the TBI says agents developed information that Tanksley, the department’s former chief, and Godsey, an officer, extorted two arrestees by seizing personal property until the arrestees contributed money to the police department’s drug fund.

On Tuesday, the McMinn County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging each with two counts of extortion.

On Friday, both Tanksley and Godsey surrendered to authorities at the McMinn County Jail, where they were each booked and subsequently released on $4,000 bond.

Tanksley is the current police chief in Graysville in Rhea County.

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