Congress says military leaders in Washington appear to have broken financial laws, owed guests money, season ticket holders

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Monitoring Committee sent a letter to the Federal Chamber of Commerce stating that it had found evidence that NFL officials in Washington were engaging in illegal financial conduct.

In the letter received by the Associated Press, the committee said that the team had withheld ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable ticket deposits from season ticket holders.

The committee said e-mails, documents and statements from former employees indicated that the team’s management and owner Dan Snyder had been involved in “embarrassing, protracted and potentially illegal patterns of financial behavior”.

The committee shares documents with the FTC while requesting that the Commission take all necessary steps to ensure that the money is returned to the rightful owners.

The parliament began an investigation into the team’s misconduct in the workplace after the department did not publish a report on the results of an independent investigation into the matter. Following the testimony of former employees, the investigation expanded into the organization’s finances.

Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former employees, including several witnesses, called the letter “condemning.”

“It is clear that the team’s misconduct extends far beyond the sexual harassment and abuse of staff that has already been documented and has also affected the bottom line of the NFL, other NFL owners and fans,” they said in a statement. “We are proud of many of our clients who have taken great personal risks to reveal the truth and bring us almost complete transparency about the full extent of the disruption of Washington’s commanders.

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

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