Congress claims Washington Commanders have violated financial laws and owes money visiting teams and season ticket holders

WASHINGTON — On behalf of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, it sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission informing them that it had found evidence that the NFL was involved in illegal activities. Washington CommandersEngaged in financial fraud.

The Associated Press obtained a letter from the committee stating that the team withheld ticket revenue and refundable deposit tickets from season-ticket holders.

According to the committee, emails, statements, and documents from former employees suggest that Dan Snyder, owner of the team, and other executives, engaged in “a troubling and long-running pattern of financial misconduct.”

The committee will share documents with FTC, and ask that the commission takes any necessary action to return the money to its rightful owners.

After the league had not released a report detailing its findings, Congress opened an investigation into the conduct of the team's employees. The investigation was expanded to include financial information after testimony from former employees.

Debra Katz and Lisa Banks are lawyers who represent over 40 former employees.

They said that it was clear that the misconduct of the team went beyond the abuse and sexual harassment of employees and also had an impact on the bottom line of the NFL and other NFL owners and the team’s fans. “We are proud that so many of our clients have come forward at great personal risks to expose the truth and bring about total transparency regarding the dysfunction at Washington Commanders.

The league and the team did not respond immediately to our request for comment.

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