City of Memphis employee indicted for embezzling money from traffic fines

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal grand jury indicted a City of Memphis employee Tuesday for embezzling money from people who had been issued motor vehicle citations.

Tammy Brooks Carpenter worked in the City Court Clerk’s Office.

Instead of just entering payments for citations, the 41-year-old would void the original payment, then enter a smaller amount into the system and take the difference for herself.

“She then allegedly took her brazen scheme one step further by targeting and preying upon vulnerable members of the Hispanic community,” Edward Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said.

Carpenter is accused of voiding 188 citations, of which 183 were issued to people with a Hispanic surname, and embezzled about $24,000.

She faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

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