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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares confirmed this week that his office is investigating alleged financial misconduct by the Washington Commanders after a congressional committee raised the issue with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month.
The House Committee on Supervision and Reform put the allegations in a letter on April 12, saying “senior executives and the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, may have been involved in a worrying, protracted and potentially illegal pattern of economic behavior that victims of thousands of team fans and the National Football League. ”
Miyares told a team lawyer in a letter Monday that he “has not pre-judged the issues” and feels it is his “responsibility to carefully examine the substantive facts in this case.”
The congressional committee’s investigation is based in part on testimony from Jason Friedman, a former VP of sales and customer service for Washington Commanders, and other former employees.
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A former manager claimed the team took advantage of the league’s revenue sharing practices by keeping “two sets of books”, one with full accounts and one with underreported revenue figures.
The committee also found that the team may have withheld refundable security deposit on multi-year seat leases, according to the report.
Washington Commanders has denied any wrongdoing, saying the investigation is not justified.
“The committee did not request a single document from the team; the committee did not invite a single representative of the team to address the truth about the matters contained in the committee’s letter; and the committee did not ask the team to respond in writing about his allegations or give the team any mechanism to address the truth of the allegations, “Jordan W. Siev, an attorney for the commanders, wrote in a letter earlier this month.
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It’s the latest controversy that hit the Washington franchise when the NFL last year fined the team $ 10 million after an investigation revealed what the league called a “very unprofessional” workplace.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.