MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - A former Shelby County Chancery Court bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million due to people who had lost their homes in tax sales.
A citizen complaint led to the discovery of nearly 40 checks written over three years to entities linked to 47-year-old Brandon Gunn.
Gunn resigned in April after FBI agents began asking about the missing money.
His plea in federal court Friday avoids a grand jury indictment but could land him in prison for as many as 35 years.
The criminal charges cite unnamed co-conspirators, and it is possible Gunn could testify against them.
Gunn was released on his own recognizance pending a Feb. 3 sentencing hearing.
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