Gumm Admits Guilt, Placed On Probation


JACKSON, Mississippi – Former Executive Director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, Jay Paul Gumm, pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. He was sentenced to 5 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, which are suspended,  2 years of probation, and he was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,900.

Gumm was previously arrested on August 16, 2013 for embezzlement by agents from the State Auditor’s Office.

As Executive Director, Gumm embezzled over $24,000.00. The various instances of embezzlement include Gumm depositing $11,750.00 into his personal account; fraudulently withholding a $2,000.00 personal check that was shown as deposited; depositing a $500.00 fraudulent check into his personal account from a Christmas party; and depositing an $8,060.00 amount from six checks with forged signatures; and other money.

Gumm served two terms in the Oklahoma State Senate from 2002-2010 before moving to Mississippi for his position with the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. He was terminated from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership after he was arrested in 2013.

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