PONTOTOC, Miss. — A former police chief and town clerk accused of stealing nearly $300,000 from the town and state are pleading not guilty.

WTVA-TV reports former Ecru clerk Gretchin Moody and former Ecru police chief Paul Blaylock entered the pleas Tuesday.

Officials say the two used much of the money to buy more than 75 guns for themselves.

Moody faces three counts of embezzlement, while Blaylock faces one count of fraud.

The indictment says Moody stole court fines and payroll money and abused the 900-resident town’s credit card. Blaylock is accused of getting fraudulent overtime payments from state money, plus bilking the town for additional unearned overtime.

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

Both remain free on bail.


Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com