A widow from Berkeley Lakes has accused The Golf Club of Georgia of improperly keeping $57,000 she's allegedly owed from her late husband's refundable club membership and loan.
Arlene Gunter said the upscale club in Alpharetta has ignored her requests for repayment since shortly after her husband, Irvin, died in January 2008.
According to Gunter, the club owes her $49,900, which is 90 percent of the membership fee her husband paid. Gunter said her husband also loaned the club $7,000 which should be refunded.
A copy of club bylaws, provided by Gunter, indicated some membership fees should be returned within six months of a member's death.
Gunter said the club management has never denied that they owe her the money.
Gunter has an email, which appears to have been sent by club director Jeff Paton in 2009, that reads that repayment is a "top priority" for the club's board of directors.
Gunter said club management has not contacted her since 2010.
"I'm pretty shocked," said Gunter. "They're at the lowest end of running a business on a low level of integrity."
Paton did not return numerous messages left by CBS Atlanta News investigative reporter Jeff Chirico. When Chirico tried to speak to Paton at the club, security personnel would not allow him to enter.
The Golf Club of Georgia has two waterside courses and an impressive clubhouse. According to the club's 2010 public tax records, it claims assets worth more than $30 million and gross receipts totaling $9.5 million. The clubs co-directors earn more than $390,000 jointly.
"It's important. It's our money. I want my kids to have it, not the golf club," said Gunter.
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