Ex-senator Jay Paul Gumm indicted in Mississippi

January 31, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. - State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced Friday 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, officials said.
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.

Gumm is a former Durant resident who was elected in 2002 as a Democrat to the Oklahoma State Senate for District No. 6, a position he held until he was defeated in 2010 by Josh Brecheen, a Republican. Prior to being elected to the Oklahoma Senate, Gumm was executive director of the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce. He moved with his family to Mississippi after losing the 2010 election.

-Democrat news staff contributed local background information to this story.