Investigation of Washington Commanders finances launched by Virginia attorney general's office

 | April 26, 2022

In a letter emailed to the franchise on Monday, the topic of the investigation surrounds financial improprieties.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on April 12 which informed the commission of allegations of financial improprieties by the Washington Commanders. 

This letter was also sent to the attorney generals for Maryland and Washington, D.C, and the office of Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares. 

Miyares said, in a statement to the team's attorney that it was his: "responsibility to carefully examine the material facts after it was brought to my attention." He also asked for the teams, "full cooperation and transparency" during this inquiry.

On Monday, the Commanders doubled down on a previous statement saying: "The team categorically denies any suggestion of financial impropriety of any kind at any time."

The statement continued: "We adhere to strict internal processes that are consistent with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent auditing firm, and are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate fully with the Committee's work."

Steven Popps, deputy attorney general for the civil division, will lead the investigation which involves the consumer protection section within the civil division but could expand to the criminal division. Expanding to the criminal division will only happen based on the evidence found in Popps' initial investigation. 

The allegations were levied by former Washington Commanders employee, Jason Friedman. Friedman worked as the former vice president of sales and customer service. In an interview on March 14 with the committee, Friedman provided email exchanges with former high-ranking officials.

Along with accusing the team of withholding season-ticket holder's security deposits, Friedman stated that the team also kept two accounting books. This would allow them to keep funds that would've otherwise gone to the NFL's revenue-sharing program. 

The team stated that Friedman would not have been included in finance or accounting meetings, so he'd have no idea of how the team's finances operate. 

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