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Fantasy League Cheated,|Attorney General Says

CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) - Gridiron Fantasy Sports, a high-stakes fantasy football and fantasy baseball league, failed to pay out more than $151,000 in promised winnings, the Missouri attorney general says.

Gridiron Fantasy Sports, dba World Championship of Fantasy Football and World Championship of Fantasy Baseball, promised that last season's football winners would be paid by Feb. 15, 2011.

But Attorney General Chris Koster says Gridiron owner Dustin Ashby used a variety of excuses, including, "the check is in the mail."

Lured by promises of huge winnings, participants bought teams for $300 to $1,950. Prizes offered included $300,000 and a trip for two to Dallas on the weekend of Super Bowl XLV and $50,000 plus three nights stay and airfare to Las Vegas.

Koster seeks restitution and civil penalties for violating the state's Merchandising Practices Act.

The fantasy league is based in Alpharetta, Ga., Ashby in O'Fallon, Mo. The state sued them in St. Louis County Court.

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