DC Attorney General to release more findings about Commanders
“We’re going to give Mr. Snyder and his team the opportunity to pay back exactly the money we found they owe D.C. residents,” Racine said. “But this is not going to be a long shot, and we will prepare a legal document that will be filed in court next week if an agreement is not reached.”
Some former season ticket holders recently received letters from the team regarding refundable deposits, and Racine said it was “definitely” connected to his office’s investigation.
“We haven’t accepted security deposits for almost a decade, and we started returning deposits to ticket holders in late 2004,” a team spokesperson said. “We sent a letter a few weeks ago as part of a recent outreach to ticket holders to refund their deposits.”
Racine had an office Investigation of commanders and Snyder after allegations of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment, as well as allegations of financial irregularities by a former employee.
“We have only investigated the team on this inhumane and illegal act against women and [against] Their employees, but also ours … a referral was made to us from Congress and, acting responsibly, we dug into it,” Racine said.
Commander and Snyder are also being investigated by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the NFL and the office of Virginia Attorney General Jason S. Meares (R). Investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia also interviewed witnesses about allegations of financial impropriety involving the group, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
Jason Friedman, former vice president of sales and customer service for the team, Told the House Committee This year the commanders engaged in a long-running practice of withholding refundable deposits from season ticket holders and hiding money that was supposed to be shared among other NFL owners.
In recent weeks, some former season ticket holders There are shared letters It was learned from the commanders that the team had tried to contact them once before to no avail and was contacting them again to return the deposit. The letter states that “the team must remit reports and/or funds” to the season ticket holder’s account unless required by state law.
A former season ticket holder, Christopher Barnett, told The Post that he had tickets for two seats over a five-year period in the 1990s. He didn’t renew after the deadline, and doesn’t recall hearing from the team about a deposit refund before receiving a letter in October.
“It’s not surprising that when the sheriff is on your feet, behavior begins to align itself with the law,” Racine said, adding that the team “must act.”
Racine announced the consumer protection lawsuit less than two months before leaving office. He said Thursday that he is “pretty confident” the case will move forward under the watchful eye of Attorney General-elect Brian Schwalb.
“As long as Brian clears his ethics and terminates his employment at that law firm, he will get the information he wants on any case we have,” Racine said.
The suit, filed in the Civil Division of D.C. Superior Court, alleges that Commander and the NFL district violated the Consumer Protection Procedures Act by “public misrepresentations, omissions and obfuscations of material facts.”
Racine’s office said it is seeking monetary penalties under the CPPA for each misrepresentation made by the commander, Snyder, the NFL and Goodell to district residents since July 2020. It is also seeking a court order to compel the NFL to release a finding. Previous investigation into the team’s workplace conducted by attorney Beth Wilkinson.
DC’s attorney general, unlike the attorneys general of all 50 states, cannot prosecute adult felonies and serious misdemeanors. The US Attorney’s Office handles such cases.
“The [team] may try to dismiss our case,” Racine said. “We will issue subpoenas. We will seek testimony under oath. deposition I promise you. Let me give you an idea: depositions can’t happen on a yacht but at a conference in the District of Columbia because no one is above the law.
Racine declined to provide specifics when asked if he had any contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“I think it’s better for us not to go into it,” he said. “I can tell you that we definitely did outreach.”
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