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Indictments: Officials stole nearly $300,000 to buy guns

ECRU, Miss. (AP) - Officials say the former police chief and town clerk in a northeast Mississippi town stole nearly $300,000 from the town and state, using much of the money to buy more than 75 guns for themselves.

Pontotoc County grand jurors on Monday indicted former Ecru clerk Gretchin Moody on three counts of embezzlement and former Ecru police chief Paul Blaylock on one count of fraud.

The indictment says Moody stole traffic fines and payroll money and abused the town credit card. Blaylock is accused of receiving fraudulent overtime payments from state funds.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering demands Moody repay $333,000 and Blaylock repay $59,000. Those amounts include interest and investigation charges.

Moody was released on $30,000 bail and Blaylock was released on $20,000 bail. It's unclear if either has a lawyer.

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