WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The Virginia couple who gatecrashed a White House dinner run a charity polo event with a history of unpaid vendors, The Washington Post reports.
Tareq and Michaele Salahi founded America's Polo Cup in 2006, with the first event held in 2007 in Leesburg, Va., the Post said. The event is supposed to benefit Journey for the Cure, a charity also operated by the Salahis.
The Salahis became nationally famous or notorious when they attended a state dinner for the prime minister of India, the first one given by President Obama and his wife, Michelle. The White House says the couple were not invited.
Several vendors told the Post they were never paid with debts dating back to 2007.
The couple have also made doubtful claims about America's Polo Cup, including listing sponsors who say they never agreed, the Post said. The Web site says it has been "patroned every year by the president of the United States."
Vivian Deuschl, a spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton, which sponsored the event in 2007, said the Salahis promised members of the British royal family would be in attendance.
"It's fair to say the event did not live up to its billing," she said.