Treasurer accused of stealing cash from cheerleading competition

by: Craig Lucie Updated:


BUFORD, Ga. - The man in charge of money for a big Gwinnett County football league is under arrest, accused of stealing cash during a cheerleading competition.

Gwinnett Football League's treasurer Shane Houston is facing theft charges after officers said they caught him with $500 in stolen cash this weekend.

They said Houston was working inside the Gwinnett Arena where more than 1,000 people gathered to watch a cheer-off.

Spencer Grace Williams, a seventh-grader, and her mother, Bonita, were at the arena for her competition with the Lanier Longhorns.

Both of them told Channel 2's Craig Lucie cheering is an expensive sport and to know money was taken from a youth program is more than upsetting.

"We build so much stuff and to know that somebody up there is taking stuff, it's really sad," said Spencer Williams.

Her mother echoed those same concerns.

"The money that goes into that is from the fundraisers. It's the hard work from the parents that contribute, and the coaches," Bonita Williams said.

The Gwinnett Football League is a recreational youth football program focusing on the entire county.

There are more than 1,000 regular season games for kids and more than 230 cheerleading teams like the Lanier Longhorns.

The League's president, Erik Richards, told Lucie, "At the current time, we, the GFL, have no comment on the allegations. I can only confirm that Mr. Houston is taking a leave of absence while the allegations are being investigated."

Lucie stopped by Houston's Buford home Monday, but no one answered the door.

Channel 2 Action News has learned Houston filed for bankruptcy this year. He bonded out of jail Sunday night shortly after his arrest.