FIRST ON WITN: Former Aurora Chief Indicted For Embezzlement

A former police chief is accused of embezzlement.

A Beaufort County grand jury indicted former Aurora Police Chief Willis Watts on two counts of obstruction of justice, one count of embezzlement by an officer, and one count of embezzlement.

The indictments say between May 2010 and January 2011, Watts is accused of taking a browning rifle that was in police possession. The obstruction of justice warrants say the former chief made false statements to Senior Resident Superior Judge Wayland Sermons in an order for disposition of the weapon.

To read the indictments, click on the link at the top of the story.

In August of 2011, Mayor Cliff Williams told WITN that Watts was fired but wouldn't release further details.

Prior to Aurora, Willis was a police officer in Washington for two years, from May 2008 to May 2010. According to the Attorney General's Office, Watts no longer holds a general law enforcement certification in the state.

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