D.C. sues Commanders for alleged ticket scheme

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ASHBURN, Va. — The District of Columbia’s Attorney General on Thursday filed a second lawsuit against the Washington Commanders, alleging that the team has cheated its residents out of “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in unreturned security deposits for season ticket holders.

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement that Commanders executives engaged in “egregious mismanagement and illegal conduct.”

The latest lawsuit alleges the team has held onto potential refunds to season ticket holders whose contract with the team had expired. It claims the team still holds “nearly $200,000 in unreturned security deposits” paid by District of Columbia residents.

The suit claims that the Commanders have engaged in — and continue to engage in — misleading business practices when it comes to security deposits, making them tough to receive. It said their acts were in violation of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

Racine’s office is not the only one looking into financial improprieties by the Commanders. The Virginia Attorney General’s office announced in the spring that it had opened an investigation after the House Oversight Committee had sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission following allegations of financial improprieties by a former Washington employee. The team strongly refuted the charges.

Also, on Nov. 2, ESPN reported that the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that the Commanders engaged in financial improprieties.

In a separate lawsuit filed by Racine last week, the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were alleged to have colluded to “deceive District residents about an investigation into toxic workplace culture and allegations of sexual assault.”

Meanwhile, the Oversight Committee still has not released the findings of its year-long investigation into Snyder and the team’s workplace culture. Though Republicans will gain control of the house on Jan. 3, Democrats can still probe the situation until that time.

Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, who will become the ranking Republican member on the committee, said they will not continue the investigation into the team’s workplace culture once in power.

“It’s over,” Comer said in a statement Wednesday.

Attorney Mary Jo White’s investigation into the team on behalf of the NFL remains ongoing.

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