By John Wright
Pegasus board reviews accounting after recruiting coordinator admits to misappropriation of funds

Jaymee Johnson

The governing board for Dallas’ 400-member gay softball association is reviewing its accounting procedures after former recruiting coordinator Jaymee Johnson admitted to misappropriating $2,000 in league funds.

John Russell, commissioner of the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association, said in an e-mail to Dallas Voice on Tuesday, Feb. 12 that Johnson had been removed from the league’s nine-person board as a result of the incident.

"Additional procedures for the financial security of the league are being adopted by the PSSA board with input from a certified public accountant and Bank of America officials," Russell said.

Russell did not provide further details, and other league officials could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.

It is unclear whether the league is pursuing criminal charges against the 32-year-old Johnson, who now lives out of state.

A spokesman for the Dallas Police Department said he couldn’t find a record of any reports that had been filed related to the incident.

In a telephone interview with Dallas Voice, Johnson said he believes league officials contacted DPD but were told it is a civil matter.

Johnson, who served as recruitment coordinator and a member of the PSSA board for four years, said he requested and received a blank check signed by a league official in December. Johnson said he made out the check for $2,000 and used the money to relocate from Dallas to Pennsylvania.

He said at the time, he’d recently been evicted, lost his job and attempted suicide following a breakup with his boyfriend of 2 and one-half years. 

"In a desperate measure to get out of there, I did do something very stupid, and I apologize for that," Johnson said, adding that he is in the process of trying to pay back the money.

In addition to being removed from the board, Johnson has been banned from the PSSA indefinitely, according to an e-mail from Russell to Johnson.

The e-mail, which Johnson forwarded to Dallas Voice, also said Johnson’s name would be removed from the award recognition section of PSSA’s Web site. In 2006, Johnson received the PEGI award, which is given to the league’s most outstanding member.

Johnson took credit for growing the PSSA from 11 teams when he became recruiting coordinator to 25 teams last year. Johnson said he believes Russell bears a personal grudge against him because he has a history of questioning PSSA policies and supported the commissioner’s opponent in the last election.

"I have a problem with the fact that all of the good I did with the league is completely washed away," Johnson said.

Johnson also said it was not uncommon for the league, which is a nonprofit organization, to issue blank checks to board members.

"If someone were to come in and audit their books, they’d be in a lot of trouble," he said. 


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 15, 2008

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