STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Stone County's former economic development chief admits he embezzled from the agency he ran. Jay Paul Gumm, 52, entered his guilty plea Monday at the Harrison County Courthouse.
Gumm, a former state senator from Oklahoma, was director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership for about two years before he was fired. During that time, investigators from the Stone County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi State Auditor's Office found Gumm deposited EDP funds into his personal banking account.
Tina Gillespie, an administrative assistant who was also convicted for embezzling money from the Stone County EDP, testified that when Gumm discovered she was embezzling money, he began forcing her to cash checks from the Stone County EDP and give him a cut.
Gumm will spend the next two years on probation, and with good behavior will likely avoid any jail time. He must immediately pay back almost $9,000 to the Stone County Economic Development Partnership.