Former director of Miss. Veterans Affairs cemetary in Newton Co. arrested on embezzlement charges

Former director of Miss. Veterans Affairs cemetary in Newton Co. arrested on embezzlement charges
Henry Gruno (Source: State Auditor's Office)

NEWTON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - A former state employee has been arrested for embezzlement .

State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Henry Gruno after he was indicted for embezzlement.

Gruno is a former director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs (MSVA) cemetery in Newton County. Gruno was presented with $29,818.76 demand letter upon arrest.

This amount includes interest and investigative expenses.

Gruno is accused of using a credit card and a fuel card to embezzle public money from Mississippi Veterans Affairs. He allegedly used an MSVA credit card to purchase things like barbecue supplies, toys, and luggage.

He also purportedly used a fuel card to make purchases far from the cemetery and on days when grounds equipment was not operated. Investigators identified a total of about $14,000 as embezzled from January 2016 to January 2019.

If convicted, Gruno faces up to 10 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

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