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Former Tennessee clerk who targeted Hispanics pleads guilty to embezzlement

BLACKTOWN, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14:  An auctioneer's gavel is seen prior to the home auction for a four-bedroom house at 230 Blacktown Road on February 14, 2015 in Blacktown, Australia. The Blacktown home sold for AUD$565,000 at auction today, smashing the reserve set at AUD$1. The Sydney home auction clearance rate is expected to remain high following the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut to 2.25 per cent last week.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

BLACKTOWN, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: An auctioneer's gavel is seen prior to the home auction for a four-bedroom house at 230 Blacktown Road on February 14, 2015 in Blacktown, Australia. The Blacktown home sold for AUD$565,000 at auction today, smashing the reserve set at AUD$1. The Sydney home auction clearance rate is expected to remain high following the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut to 2.25 per cent last week. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

A former Memphis deputy court clerk has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $24,000 in traffic fines.

The Commercial Appeal reports Tammy Brooks-Carpenter was arrested last fall. She was accused of targeting Hispanic people who made payments in cash.

According to the indictment, Brooks-Carpenter would take payments and enter them into the system while the traffic-violator was present. But then she would void the payment and enter a smaller amount. She would pocket the difference, embezzling $24,011 during a recent 12-month period.

Her victims later received notices that they owed money to the city, even though they had paid in full.

She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.

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