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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Tareq Salahi to pay fine in Va. charity settlement

Tareq Salahi (left) - pictured in this Jan. 20, 2010, photo with estranged wife Michaele Salahi - will pay a fine as part of a settlement with Virginia officials over allegations involving his charity. (Joshua Roberts - Reuters)
One half of D.C.’s favorite party-crashing couple is making headlines again Tuesday morning. Tareq Salahi will pay a fine as part of a settlement his charity, Journey for the Cure Foundation, has reached with Virginia officials. The state began investigating the Fauquier-based charity in December 2009 on suspicions the group submitted inaccurate financial statements and solicited donations without registering with the state, according to the Associated Press.

Salahi will pay $2,500 in civil penalties, while the charity will pay $32,500 in penalties and attorney’s fees. If Salahi creates a new charity and violates the state’s charity fund-raising laws again, he will face contempt of court charges, according to the office of state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Salahi’s attorney, Georgia Rossiter, told the AP the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing, saying Salahi settled because “he’s got a lot of things going on.”

If Tareq Salahi’s lawsuit against the band Journey and his estranged wife, Michaele, is successful, he should have no problem paying that fine. He’s demanding Michaele Salahi and the band pay him $50 million for “physically, emotionally and financially” ruining him because his wife ran off with the band’s lead guitarist, Neal Schon, back in September.

Michaele Salahi told E! News shortly after the lawsuit was filed: “It's between Tareq and I, and the marriage is over because of the control I went through with him. It really just needs to be, ‘This didn't work, wish each other the best and move on with our lives.’”

In other news, the pair’s bodyguard was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York a little over a week ago after TSA agents found a gun belonging to him in a bag mislabeled as Michaele Salahi’s.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi, now going through divorce proceedings, gained notoriety in 2009 after they crashed a White House state dinner and kept themselves in the public eye with appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Real Housewives of D.C.”

By Jimm Phillips  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/28/2012

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