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Peaceoholics vow to fight lawsuit by DC Attorney General alleging fraud

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They were known for negotiating truces between rival DC gangs and steering at-risk youth away from crime.

Now, the two co-founders of the Peaceoholics find themselves in trouble, on the wrong side of a lawsuit accusing them of using city money for person gain.

The lawsuit by Attorney General Irvin Nathan accuses Ron Moten and Jauhar Abraham of fraudulently obtaining grants worth nearly $180,000 in 2009 and 2010 from the Children and Youth Investment Trust, by submitting an application that underreported both their incomes by tens of thousands of dollars.

In an interview on Fox 5, both men denied underreporting income.

They say the 2004 GMC Denali SUV's they bought in 2007 were for transporting at-risk kids in their program to school and to events.

They say Abraham signed for the loan because no bank would give them start-up money with out a guarantor.

Moten, who was an outspoken supporter of then Mayor Adrian Fenty, claims the lawsuit is political, and that current Mayor Vincent Gray has "a personal vendetta" against him.

Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro says the mayor had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

A spokesman for Attorney General Nathan says the suit is not political.

Ted Gest told Fox 5, they didn't want to get into a back-and-forth about this.

He said, "The Peaceoholics can give their denials. We'll handle it in court."

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