State Auditor Shad White announced former Grenada County Deputy Chancery Clerk Vicky Blaylock has pleaded guilty to grand larceny. A demand letter of $16,894.49 was served to her. The demand amount includes credit for partial payments, interest, and investigative expenses.
During her time as the deputy chancery clerk, Blaylock stole over $34,000 from the county land redemption account by removing cash payments and altering computer records to conceal her crime.
“This is another example of one person holding too much control over the spending of a government office,” said Auditor White. “If you work in a county or city government, please make sure you divide duties to make it harder for someone to get away with a crime like this. And if you’re stealing, know that we are watching.”
As part of the court proceedings, Blaylock paid $26,148.15 as restitution for her crime. The plea was recorded in Judge Loper’s courtroom, and his sentencing order has been filed with the Grenada County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Blaylock’s employment for Grenada County is covered by a surety bond, which is designed to protect taxpayers when public money is misspent. She will remain liable for the outstanding demand amount.
Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online at any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.