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Ex-economic developer arrested, charged with stealing

WIGGINS — Authorities say the former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership has been arrested on an embezzlement charge.

A news release from State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office says 50-year-old Jay Paul Gumm was arrested Friday.

The news release says Gumm embezzled over $24,000 from the organization.

The arrest was made by investigators from the auditor’s office and the Stone County Sheriff’s Office.

Gumm was released from the Stone County Jail on Saturday on a $20,000 bond.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer. His telephone number was not immediately available.


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  1. It doesn’t surprise me to read about the embezzlement. I believe alot more executive leaders in Mississippi think they are owed something more than the paychecks given. The lack of growth in Mississippi is a product of lack of quality leadership in this state. Better ethics and change in business culture starts at the TOP. Mississippians are better than this and deserve better.

  2. If the Oklahoma Senate Ethics Commission had done its job and investigated how Gumm’s $260,000 from his 2nd term campaign fund without an opponent evaporated, then perhaps the good people of Mississippi would not have been scammed out of their money. On the other hand, if the good people of Mississippi had only googled the State Senator from Oklahoma and did a little homework, they wouldn’t have hired him to begin with.

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