Agencies investigate canceled inaugural ball

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials and the Washington, D.C., attorney general are investigating the promoter of a canceled inaugural ball.

The Washington Post reports that Darryl Dante Hayes advertised the Veterans Presidential Inaugural Ball as a fundraiser for injured veterans where President Barack Obama would appear.

But the ball was canceled and a St. Regis Hotel official says a $50,000 check for a security deposit bounced.

Officials want to know whether Hayes used Obama's name and sympathy for veterans groups to raise money and whether he actually intended to hold a ball.

The 52-year-old says he canceled the ball because most of his corporate sponsors pulled their support. He says he never meant to mislead donors and intends to give their money back.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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