COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Georgia man appeared in court Wednesday, on a case involving the alleged scam of a Columbus Youth Football League.
The alleged scam surrounds jerseys purchased by at least five teams who say they never received the products from the company.
Jermyn Wright, 38, of Duluth, GA pleaded not guilty to theft by taking. He's accused of taking nearly $30,000 from the teams.
That money was to be used to purchase 600 jerseys for the teams at South Columbus, Eastway, Edgewood, Clubview, and Northeast.
The league's attorney, Katonga Wright, says, justice needs to be served.
"This really hurt them. It was a lot of upset and angry parents. But It wasn't any fault at anyone at the league, they just trusted someone who said they were going to provide a service, and simply didn't deliver," said Attorney Katonga Wright.
The attorney for Wright says his client is innocent until proven guilty, and he doesn't believe this should be a criminal case.
He says it is simply a contract dispute that needs to be negotiated.