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Florida sues domestic violence nonprofit for misusing public funds

Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 22:38:11-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The state is taking legal action against the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, trying to reclaim millions in public dollars it claims were misspent by the nonprofit and its former leader.

It comes after an investigation found Coalition CEO Tiffany Carr was paid millions while victim shelters under her group's management were short on funding.

Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a civil complaint to get back some or all of the $7.5 million used to pay Carr in her final three years heading the Coalition.

Authorities believe much of the funds were state grant dollars the CEO ordered redirected.

For now, criminal charges aren't on the table for Carr or her associates.

"All options for further action remain on the table as a result of the products from these investigations," said Moody. "Miss Tiffany Carr should be very worried."

But that could change.

The AG's actions come as the Department of Children and Families files its own lawsuit against Carr, her board and top executives.

In their complaint, DCF accuses the nonprofit of breaching its contract with the state and committing "fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy."