The D.C. Attorney General is suing Washington Commanders for allegedly cheating ticket holders

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July 29, 2022; Ashburn, VA, USA; The Washington Commanders players’ helmets rest on the field during day three of training camp at the Park in Ashburn. Mandatory credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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WASHINGTON, DC. (CNN) — D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has announced a new lawsuit against the Washington Commanders NFL team, this time for allegedly defrauding ticket holders out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The complaint alleges that Pro Football Inc., the owner of the Commanders, implemented a “decades-long illegal plan” to withhold hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail bonds fans paid for season tickets and “converted that money into revenue for the team.” use it for your own purposes.”

Last week, the attorney general’s office announced a separate lawsuit against the team, owner Dan Snyder, and the NFL for allegedly conspiring to mislead county residents over an investigation into a toxic work culture and sexual assault allegations.

“The commanders’ arrogance and blatant disregard for the law is a slap in the face to the district residents who have supported the team for decades,” Racine said in Thursday’s latest release.

CNN has contacted the commanders about the latest lawsuit.

For the past 26 years, the Washington Commanders (formerly known as the Redskins) have sold premium seats, “some of which required the payment of a substantial bond to maintain consumer access to the seats,” the complaint said.

“While the team promised those consumers through its contracts that it would automatically refund the deposits within 30 days of contract expiration, the team instead deceptively held those funds – sometimes for more than a decade – and used the money for its own purposes.”

While some of the money was returned to cardholders, “as of March 2022, the team still had nearly $200,000 in unreturned bond deposits paid by district consumers,” it added.

Those who got their bail back had to contact the team and “submit a new signed request by mail,” the complaint says, despite initial contracts promising that the bail would be “automatically refunded” with no further action.

The AG said it is seeking an injunction to compel the team to stop these practices and pay the district’s cardholders what they owe, as well as financial fines for alleged violations of the consumer protection law.

The other lawsuit, filed Nov. 10, alleges that Snyder lied to D.C. residents when he denied knowing anything about allegations of a hostile work environment and culture of sexual harassment within the team, Racine said. Those deceptive attempts were designed to keep fans in the dark and increase profits for the team, the lawsuit said.

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