JAY/ A former Jay city employee accused of covering up illegal activities for the former mayor waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
Teresa A. Smith-Gross, 50, former Jay city clerk, is charged in Delaware County District Court with accessory after the fact. She is due back in court Aug. 3, court records show. Her attorney, O.B. Johnston, declined to comment on the case.
Smith-Gross is accused lying to auditors at Jay City Council meetings, according to an arrest affidavit. She also confessed to using her position to cover up for former mayor Wayne Dunham's illegal use of credit cards and submission of false mileage claims.
In a related case, Dunham is charged with embezzlement. He is accused of misappropriating $18,600 from Nov. 1, 2005, to Oct. 31, 2010. He is due back in court on Oct. 5 when a preliminary hearing date will be set.
Smith-Gross does not have listed telephone numbers and could not be reached for comment. Phil Thompson, the city's attorney, declined to comment.
Dunham and Smith-Gross are free on $1,000 bail each.
Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley was appointed special prosecutor over the cases.