UPDATE: Former Athletic Association President out on Bond

Steven Brindle was booked into the jail March 15 on a charge of theft by conversion.

UPDATED March 16 at 9:35 a.m.

Former Mountain View Athletic Association (MVAA) president Steven Brindle was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail Friday afternoon.

Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith said detectives obtained a warrant for Brindle's arrest Thursday afternoon. Brindle turned himself in Friday, Smith indicated.

Brindle had been listed as the suspect in the theft of tens of thousands of dollars from the MVAA.

According to the Gwinnett County Police report, $45,000 is missing from association accounts. A MVAA representative provided police with a list of unauthorized transactions totalling $24,017. The transactions included over $13,000 in over-the-counter and ATM bank withdrawals as well as purchases at Walmart, Sam's, Amazon, Stubhub, Costco, 1-800-flowers, Cinderella's Closet, Home Depot, gas stations and several Dacula restaurants.  

Brindle, according to the report, is believed to have transferred funds online from various MVAA accounts into the association's main account. Brindle allegedly then used an association debit card to complete the transactions at various locations.

Jail record show Brindle was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 4:06 p.m. on March 15. The listed charge is theft by conversion. He was released from jail Friday at 8:53 p.m. on a $27,700 bond.

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North Georgia Weather March 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Did he REALLY think he would get away with it? Really?
GAgirl March 16, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Since the news of this broke, I've heard countless stories about this happening at several other parks & how the park set up payment plans with the thief instead of getting the police involved. Kudos to MVAA for setting an example and letting anyone else know that this behavior will not be tolerated & that there will be criminal consequences. Hopefully this will help stop the madness! As a side note, it sure would be nice for our kids to have scoreboards & batting cages if there's anyone out there willing to donate to our park,
Elizabeth March 16, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I feel very sorry for his children and the embarrassment this is causing, and will continue to cause, them.
MDC March 16, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Probably wasn't much thinking involved.
Ball parent March 16, 2013 at 02:34 PM
What I don't understand is how the treasurer didn't know this was going on? As far as scoreboards and batting cages, my suggestion would be do some fundraisers. That's one of the ways we are raising funds for new scoreboards at MCAA.
MBX3 March 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM
My heart goes out to this couple's children. Shame on the adults - their financial irresponsibility and public display of MVAA monies is disgusting, greedy and selfish. That being said, I would have never have thought this of this couple who have given so much time to our community - what in the world went wrong? My family struggles too and we forego vacations and extra activities because of this rather than living outside of our means. Brindle's should have done the same.


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