Former Lowndes Co. Deputy pleads guilty to scam

Posted at 12:02 AM, May 07, 2014
and last updated 2015-06-24 12:49:03-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A former Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputy has pleaded guilty to a scam that targeted drivers with illegitimate traffic fines.

Former deputy Jason Stacks pleaded guilty to conspiracy.  Prosecutors say he admitted to taking money from Hispanic drivers during illegitimate traffic stops, and extorting money with the threat of deportation.

Prosecutors say Stacks and two Spanish-speaking co-conspirators drove a victim to his house, after he told the trio he didn't have enough money to pay them.  Investigators say Stacks and his accomplice took $300 in cash from the victim and split it amongst themselves.