Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PEACHTREE CORNERS -- A former Gwinnett planning official will avoid jail time if he pays his church $326,000 back he stole, according to a plea deal reached last week.
Floy Jumper, a former planning commissioner, has already paid back about $100,000 of the money he was accused of stealing from Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church while he served as the church's treasurer.
District Attorney Danny Porter said a judge agreed to suspend a three-year prison sentence if Jumper is able to pay the remaining money back within four years.
"It was a sinful act, and it was not the way I was raised," Jumper said in an interview Wednesday. "I'm just thankful I have the opportunity to do what's right."
Jumper said he and his wife remain as members of the congregation, which he joined 50 years ago, and have been welcomed when attending funerals and weddings of his long-time friends.
"They have been absolutely wonderful to me and my family," Jumper said of the forgiveness he has received from the congregation. "They are the best folks on Earth."
While a phone call to a church official was not returned, Porter said the plea deal was made after discussions with the victim.
Jumper agreed to plead guilty to two counts of theft by taking and will serve 10 years probation.
"If he doesn't pay in four years, he'll go to prison," Porter said. "If he does, the prison portion will remain suspended."