- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Stone County’s former economic development chief admits he embezzled from the agency he ran.

WLOX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1T4QRn5 ) 52-year-old Jay Paul Gumm 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 found Gumm deposited agency funds into his personal banking account.

Gumm will spend the next two years on probation, and with good behavior likely avoid any jail time. However, he must immediately repay almost $9,000 to the economic development agency.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com


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