Commanders may have ‘created a scheme to cheat fans and the NFL,’ lawmakers told the FTC

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Washington’s commanders may have engaged in potentially illegal financial behavior for more than 10 years by withholding card income from team visits and returning bail from fans, the U.S. House Oversight Committee said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday.

In a 20-page letter received by Fox News Digital, congressional leaders said they had discovered information indicating that the organization, including team owner Daniel Snyder, may have been involved in “troubled” financial misconduct and saved millions from the NFL. .

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Chairman Rep.  Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) speaks at a hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in the Rayburn House Office Building on Nov.  16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Chairman Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) speaks at a hearing with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in the Rayburn House Office Building on Nov. 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“This new information on potential financial abuse suggests that the rot under Dan Snyder’s leadership is much deeper than proposed. It further reinforces the concern that this organization has allowed to operate with impunity for far too long,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., in a statement.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., Added: “The fact that the commission, while investigating evidence of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, also uncovered evidence of what appears to be a scheme to cheat fans and tell the NFL you everything you need to know about Dan Snyder and how he runs this organization. The question is what other potential wrongs are the Commanders dealing with, and what is the extent of the dysfunction above their leadership? The Committee will continue to push for transparency and accountability of the team and the League to keep all staff on the job floor protection, and I ask the FTC to examine the evidence provided by the Commanders’ Committee’s long-running financial arrangements.

Lawmakers cited testimony from a former employee who claimed the team had kept two separate financial books – one with the underreported ticket revenue that went to the NFL and another with the full picture. The employee said Snyder was aware of the situation.

This oct.  21, 2018 photo shows a general view of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

This oct. 21, 2018 photo shows a general view of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
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Card revenue is shared with all 32 clubs in the league, 40% of which is shared in a business team fund, according to the Associated Press.

Legislators of Congress have investigated Washington on misconduct in the workplace after the league did not release a report on the findings of an independent investigation into the case. The investigation expanded to testify of former employees.

Lisa Banks and Deborah Katz, who represent more than 40 former employees in Washington, published a statement on the letter from lawmakers.

“The letter from the Committee to the FTC, the Attorney General and the NFL on Washington Commanders’ fraudulent financial practices is devastating,” her statement read. “It’s clear that the team’s abuse goes beyond the sexual harassment and abuse of employees that has already been documented and also affects the underline of the NFL, other NFL owners, and the team’s fans. .We are proud of our many clients who have come forward.with a great personal risk to reveal the truth and bring us closer to total transparency about the full extent of the dysfunction at the Washington Commanders.

NFL team Brian McCarthy made a statement to Fox News Digital later Tuesday.

“We continue to work with the Oversight Committee and have provided more than 210,000 pages of documents,” McCarthy said, referring to the total number since lawmakers began their investigation. “The NFL has engaged former SEC President Mary Jo White to look into the serious issues raised by the commission.”

The helmet of Washington Commanders NFL football team new quarterback Carson Wentz is sitting on a table during a press conference in Ashburn, Virginia, Thursday, March 17, 2022.

The helmet of Washington Commanders NFL football team new quarterback Carson Wentz is sitting on a table during a press conference in Ashburn, Virginia, Thursday, March 17, 2022.
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Washington published a statement on financial misconduct on March 31.

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“The team at all times denies any suggestion of financial incompetence of any kind. We adhere to strict internal processes that comply with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent audit firm, and “We are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We will continue to cooperate fully with the work of the Committee,” said a spokesman for the team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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