Georgia deputy pleads guilty to extortion

Federal investigation into southwest Georgia's Talbot County continues

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Another Talbot County official has pleaded guilty to allegations resulting from a federal sting operation involving seizures of what targets were told was drug money.

The Columbus Ledger-Enqurier reports that in pleading guilty Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land at the federal courthouse in Columbus, Charlie Stephens admitted that as a part-time deputy he in April arranged to seize $8,000 during a traffic stop and split it with a man who told Stephens he was transporting the cash for a drug deal.

Stephens, one of three sheriff’s employees the FBI charged with extortion by a public official for taking what they were told was drug money, will remain free on $10,000 bond until his sentencing on April 5.

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rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 12/24/11 - 10:31 am
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$10000 bond for an $8000

$10000 bond for an $8000 heist that he was ultimately going to collect $4000 dollars of. He is $6000 dollars in the hole.

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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 11:07 am
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Remember the times I've said

Remember the times I've said The War on Drugs leads to corruption of law enforcement?

cytoranger
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cytoranger 12/24/11 - 11:42 am
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River, not all cops are

River, not all cops are tempted.in such a.way . If they were.we.wouldn't have.a.way.on drugs, only rich cops.just sayin

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Riverman1 12/24/11 - 11:45 am
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Cytoranger, absolutely. Most

Cytoranger, absolutely. Most are not.

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Asitisinaug 12/24/11 - 03:10 pm
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Cops are a good target due to

Cops are a good target due to their low pay. However, most are good, honest and caring individuals who would have found a way to turn this situation into an arrest for them instead of taking the money.

Jail time and certifications revoked are certainly in order for these few bad apples.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=bB9-NcunsKc

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