By Associated Press - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ECRU, Miss. (AP) - Two former city officials in Mississippi have been arrested on embezzlement charges and issued demands to pay back nearly $400,000 in stolen funds.

Local news outlets report former Ecru police Chief Paul Martin Blaylock and former Ecru city clerk Gretchin Moody were arrested Tuesday and charged with embezzlement. They were also issued demands for $393,085.56, which includes interest and investigative costs.

Ecru city officials noticed internal discrepancies and contacted the state auditor’s office. The office found that the funds were used to purchase more than 75 firearms, which were seized by the state 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.

It’s unclear if they have lawyers.

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