Booster club president accused of questionable charges turns himself in



Gwinnett County police tell Channel 2 Action News the former president of a booster club, accused of stealing $24,000 from the Dacula league has turned himself in to police.

Officials of the Mountain View Athletic Association told investigators they had more than $20,000 in questionable charges and another $20,000 unaccounted for.

Police told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh someone used the league's debit card for questionable purchases, including concert tickets and prom dresses.

Investigators had issued an arrest warrant for Steven Brindle and he turned himself in to police late Friday afternoon. They believe he was using league money for personal expenses.

"Brindle was the president of the association at the time and the particular card used to make these charges was assigned to him," Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department said.

Police said $24,000 in charges began in August 2012 and continued until February.

Among the charges found on the card were purchases at Tobacco Palace, iTunes, Direct TV, plus tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert for more than $400.

Other charges include multiple car payments for more than $600, a purchase from a local dress shop for close to $500 and a donation to Save the Manatee.

"Money was actually taken from other accounts that he did not have direct access to or the card for and place into the account that he did have access to," Smith said.

The funds are supposed to go for uniforms, equipment, concession contracts and gear for the children who play at Rabbit Hill Park.

Kavanaugh went to Brindle's home for comment and got no response. She also reached out to his attorney over the phone. The woman who answered the phone told Kavanaugh they had no comment.