On Friday, the Maryland Attorney General's office announced that it's reached a settlement with the Washington Commanders after the team was accused of failing to return security deposits to ticketholders.
This settlement requires the Commanders to refund all outstanding security deposits within the next 30 days and pay an additional $250,000 penalty.
"For years, the Commanders kept money that was not theirs. It belongs to their customers. Our settlement will require the team to return this money to those customers, pay a penalty, and make sure they don't engage in this conduct again," Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh wrote in a statement.
The team allegedly held on to customers' security deposits unless it was specifically requested in writing. This was a clear violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
This settlement comes as the result of a lawsuit filed on Thursday. The lawsuit alleges that this security deposit scheme has been going on since 1996. The team allegedly kept and used these misallocated funds — in some cases more than a decade after they were supposed to be returned.
Longtime team owner Dan Snyder is currently exploring options to sell the Commanders organization.