UPDATE: Local Athletic Association Investigating Possible Fraud

Mountain View Athletic Association recently issued a statement indicating an executive board member may have committed "significant fraud."

UPDATED March 5 at 9:45 p.m.

Board members with the Dacula-based Mountain View Athletic Association are currently investigating an alleged fraud that may have resulted in a significant financial loss to the organization.

On March 1, the Mountain View Athletic Association issued the following statement in an email to members:

The Mountain View Athletic Association has recently discovered that it may have been a victim of a significant fraud from a member of the Executive Board.  We are currently in a thorough process to investigate how this alleged fraud occurred, what appears to have been misappropriated, and to determine how the organization should proceed to mitigate its potential losses.  Although the investigation is incomplete, significant progress has been made.  The Executive Board, on the advice of legal counsel, will be unable to discuss this matter while the investigation continues.  However, please rest assured that we are working tirelessly to achieve a prompt resolution to this unfortunate incident so we can completely focus on our primary objective of providing quality athletic activities for our youth.

Attempts to reach members of the Mountain View Athletic Association (MVAA) for comment have been unsuccessful. In an email to Dacula Patch, Gwinnett County Police public information officer Cpl. Ed Ritter indicated that no report appeared to have been filed regarding the alleged fraud as of 11:20 Tuesday morning. However, an email distributed by the MVAA on March 5 at 6:31 p.m. indicated a report had been made:

The Mountain View Athletic Association has been working tirelessly to complete its internal investigation of fraud.  As a result of our investigation, a police report with the Gwinnett County Police Department has been filed.  Although this matter is now out of our hands, we trust that the legal authorities will bring a just resolution for the MVAA Community. 

On March 5 at 9:34 p.m., Ritter confirmed via email that GCPD had been contacted on Tuesday, but advised no report was filed.

"They called earlier today to file a report and changed their mind. They are going to gather more information and call back at a later date," Ritter explained. "There is no report as of yet."

In the statement emailed Tuesday evening, Brian Mearkle, MVAA President, sought to reassure concerned parents: 

Please rest assured that the MVAA Executive Board of Directors is diligently implementing new policies and procedures to reduce the likelihood of future incidents.  We remain committed to the youth of this community and unwavering in our endeavor to ensure that all athletic activities will continue.

In 2009, a volunteer with the Mill Creek Athletic Association allegedly embezzled $130,000 by writing checks to herself over a 5-year period. According to an AJC article from September of 2009, that theft was discovered when several bills went unpaid. 

The Mountain View Athletic Association is based at Rabbit Hill Park, 401 Rabbit Hill Road in Dacula.

The MVAA baseball and softball season opens this Saturday, March 9.

North Georgia Weather March 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM
When I was President of Dacula Athletic Association we instituted procedures to prevent this from happening. I find this absolutely incredible.
Yeah Right March 07, 2013 at 12:47 AM
The problem is that there were procedures to prevent stuff like this from happening. I'm very close to the situation and it is ignorant to believe that ANY of these parents who VOLUNTEER their time for the kids of this community would ever foresee something of this magnitude and allow it to happen.
Yeah Right March 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Another tip would be to learn how not to spread lies in your reporting. Getting your facts straight would be advisable before attempting another pitiful excuse of an article. A police report HAS been filed and was NEVER retracted. There were just numerous technicalities that had to be in order for the police report that took up a massive amount of time by the board. It seems like your "insider" at the police station who is emailing you wouldn't give up information so you took it upon yourself to create your own story. No one "changed their minds" about filing a police report and your are just as bad as the person who has done this by spreading rumors and slandering the names of the board members who have been working non-stop to help the association bounce back from this.
North Georgia Weather March 07, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I don't remember hearing about the Mill Creek incident. You have to be VERY careful and have multiple checks and balances. Back in 2001-2003 we were running more than $1,000,000 a year through our association.
Cynthia Montgomery March 07, 2013 at 12:51 PM
YEAH RIGHT, if you are not aware enough to believe, " that ANY of these parents who VOLUNTEER their time for the kids of this community would ever foresee something of this magnitude and allow it to happen." then YOU are not living in the real world or are not paying attention to the news media or the e-media. It HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!!! That sweet lady that can't seem to do enough.....that man that just gets along with everyone....that guy that is just so sweet and paying so much attention to the kids that needs attention.......HEY there is a reason for their behavior....to overcome anyone suspicion. I have been a volunteer for years and I have learned to suspect everyone because we are alll human and we are all flawed. I am still amazed when a child molester surprises everyone and the media says<"He was so nice to everyone, we never thought he would be hurting our children!" YEAH RIGHT! Wake Up People! We are living in the 21st century and if you are not waling around with your eyes open then you choose to keep them closed. In this time of bad our economy if you are not expecting someone to take a little off the top then you are not living in the real world. Don;t say how horrible it must be to have this attitude because it is a REAL look at life. Once you have seen it over and over, it is nothing new and because there is nothing new under the sun, EXPECT IT!, LOOK FOR IT, and REPORT IT!!!


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