- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - Former Stone County economic development official Jay Paul Gumm has been indicted on embezzlement charges.

Mississippi state auditor’s spokesman Brett Kittredge says Gumm was indicted Jan. 22 and served Thursday.

Gumm, who served in the Oklahoma state Senate from 2002 to 2010, is accused of stealing more than $24,000 from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. He served as executive director.

The charges followed an even larger embezzlement scandal at the economic development agency, where Tina Gillespie was accused of stealing more than $300,000 in 2012. A secretary at the agency, Gillespie was indicted in November.

Gumm was arrested on the charges in August and remains free on $20,000 bond.

It wasn’t clear Friday if Gumm had an attorney. Prosecutors could not be reached for immediate comment.

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