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Former Grenada County Deputy Clerk pleads guilty to grand larceny

By: Anne Summerhays - December 7, 2022

A demand letter of $16,894.49 was served to Vicky Blaylock.

State Auditor Shad White announced former Grenada County Deputy Chancery Clerk Vicky Blaylock has pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

Blaylock stole over $34,000 from the county land redemption account by removing cash payments and altering computer records to conceal her crime.

Auditor White said this is another example of one person holding too much control over the spending of a government office.

“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,” White said. “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,” the State Auditor’s office said in a release. “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,” the State Auditor’s office continued.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.