Former Stone County executive charged with embezzlement

© Photo Submitted By State Auditor's Office
© Photo Submitted By State Auditor's Office

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Stone County's sheriff confirms the former head of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership has been charged with embezzlement.  Jay Paul Gumm was booked on Friday, and released from jail on Saturday.

Gumm's arrest comes after a joint investigation by the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the State Auditor's Office.  Their officers claim Gumm reportedly embezzled more than $24,000 from Stone County's economic agency.  In one instance, the suspect allegedly put more than $11,000 of SCEDP money into his personal checking account.

In a news release, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said, "This is again another example of law enforcement agencies working together effectively to hold those in management positions accountable to the taxpayers of Mississippi."

Gumm is 50-years-old.  He's the third former employee of the SCEDP to be accused of embezzlement in the last 12 months.

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