Ex-N.O. traffic court clerk charged with theft

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans traffic court deputy clerk has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in cash from people who were trying to resolve outstanding traffic tickets.

The federal theft charge filed Thursday against 45-year-old James Singleton, of New Orleans, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Singleton was arrested April 19 and freed on $10,000 bond.

Prosecutors say Singleton told FBI agents he received money from people to fix traffic tickets and kept the money for himself rather than submit them as fines and fees.

Singleton allegedly accepted at least $9,000 from at least six different people in 2010.

Prosecutors say many of Singleton's victims had their driving privileges suspended without their knowledge because Singleton failed to clear their citations.

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