- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former south Georgia sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty in a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

Authorities said Tuesday that former Lowndes County sheriff’s deputy Jason Stacks pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Prosecutors say Stacks admitted to taking money from Hispanic drivers during unlawful traffic stops and telling the victims they faced arrest or deportation if they didn’t pay him.

Prosecutors say Stacks and two Spanish-speaking co-conspirators drove a victim to his house after he told the trio he didn’t have $500 to pay them. Authorities say the three took $300 in cash from the victim and split it.

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