Former Moss Point officer charged after probable cause hearing

A former Moss Point officer officially has been charged with embezzlement in a case in which he’s accused of taking property belonging to a suspect for his own use.

Eric Maye was charged Monday with embezzlement involving officers, trustees and public employees converting property to their own use.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. In court on Monday, he declined to hear the evidence at a probable cause hearing before Judge Dale Harkey, who set bond at $10,000.

Earlier this month, Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley issued a press release saying an officer had been placed on leave after an investigation into allegations that the officer took property belonging to a suspect during the booking process. It has not been revealed what Maye was accused of taking.

The investigation was turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

On March 15, the Moss Point City Council voted to terminate Maye, who was not named at the time.

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