LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Football League believes an alleged theft over the weekend by its now-resigned treasurer was an isolated incident.
GFL President Erik Richards released a statement to the Daily Post Wednesday regarding treasurer Shane Houston, who has resigned from the league's board after being arrested Sunday. Houston is accused of pocketing $500 cash while working the ticket table Sunday during the GFL's annual "cheer-off" at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Richards said Wednesday that all money from that event is accounted for and the total matches gate receipts.
"We believe this is an isolated incident," Richards' statement said, "and we will be hiring an outside auditor to confirm. The hire will come from the recommendation of our attorney."
Houston was one of multiple volunteers working the ticket table at Sunday's event, and was spotted by another volunteer when he allegedly lifted a stack of 25 $20 bills from a cash box.
Sheriff's deputies reportedly recovered a similar stack of money from Houston's pocket. The Buford man maintained the cash was his, but was arrested and charged with theft by taking.
The GFL is made up of 19 member associations from across the county, which in turn represent more than 200 youth-age football and cheerleading teams. Richards used his statement Wednesday to attempt to clarify the league board's role.
"Understand that Gwinnett Football League collects no funds in regards to registration of our players or cheerleaders, fundraisers or concession sales," Richards said. "The collection of funds and management is handled by our 19 member associations and their boards. We are simply the governing body that handles scheduling, age verification, certification of athletes and referee assignments."