VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former south Georgia sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for a scam that targeted Hispanic drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.
Authorities said in a statement that 29-year-old former Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Stacks was sentenced on Wednesday to 21 months in prison and two years of supervised release.
Stacks pleaded guilty in May 2014 to conspiracy, admitting to taking money from Hispanic drivers during unlawful traffic stops in 2013 by telling the victims they faced arrest or deportation if they didn't pay him.
U. S. Attorney Michael Moore of the Middle District of Georgia says Stacks abused his power.
Two Spanish speaking co-conspirators were also sentenced. Gloria Gallego will serve 24 months in prison, while Miguel A. Reyes was given a 30-month sentence.