A former Gwinnett County planning commissioner accused of stealing $426,000 from Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church has avoided prison by agreeing to pay back the money over the next four years.
Floy Jumper, 60, was a member of the church for 50 years and its treasurer for nearly three decades before officials there filed a police complaint against him in August 2010.
Jumper was sentenced last week to 10 years probation and a three-year prison term, which will be waived if he repays the church $326,786. The balance of the stolen money has already been repaid, according to church officials and Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.
Glen Smotherman, the church’s current treasurer, said church officials participated in negotiations over Jumper’s sentence and are pleased with the outcome. Smotherman, who was part of the church’s investigation into how much money was taken, said they traced the thefts back to at least 2002. He called it a “pattern” of theft.
“We would like to be paid back in full,” Smotherman said. “It was devastating to know that the money was missing and that an otherwise faithful and longtime member of our church had taken it. That was the most crushing thing.”
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