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Former Stone County Economic Dev. Partnership Exec. Director Indicted

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The following press release was sent from the Office of the State Auditor:

JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that Jay Paul Gumm, former Executive Director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, has been indicted on one count of felony embezzlement. He was served the indictment by OSA Special Agents and Stone County Deputies yesterday. Gumm was previously arrested on August 16, 2013 for embezzlement.

As Executive Director, Gumm embezzled over $24,000.00.

The various instances of embezzlement included 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.

"I appreciate the work of our Special Agents, District Attorney Joel Smith and the Stone County Sheriff's Office," State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. "Mr. Gumm stole from the taxpayers of Stone County and he will be held accountable for his actions."

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.

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