On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Special Agents from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor arrested former Ecru, Mississippi City Clerk Gretchin Moody, and former Ecru, Mississippi Chief of Police Paul Martin Blaylock, for embezzlement and issued demands of $393,085.56, which includes interest and investigative costs added to the amount embezzled.
City of Ecru officials notified the State Auditor’s Office after internal discrepancies were discovered.
The OSA Investigative Division determined that the embezzled funds were used to purchase over 75 firearms, which have been seized by the Office of the State Auditor and submitted as evidence in the case.
Moody and Blaylock are jailed in the Pontotoc County Adult Detention Center under bond for $30,000 and $20,000, respectively. Arraignment for both is set for September 26, 2017.