Florida expects to recover $5 million after domestic violence nonprofit scandal
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Ashley Moody and Ron DeSantis in Orlando
In one year, the organization administering programs billed 465 days of paid time off.

Florida expects to recover nearly $5 million in assets the state contends were stolen by a non-profit organization set up to fund state-supported programs to combat domestic violence.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday in Orlando announced a settlement with the former Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its former CEO Tiffany Carr, with the state receiving money and other assets held by the organization’s foundation and Carr herself.

In the settlement, the foundation is being dissolved and its assets liquidated, Moody said.

Carr and the coalition were charged with elaborate schemes to funnel money intended for domestic violence programs throughout the state into her pocket.

At least $1.1 million of the recovered money will go toward help for domestic violence survivors, DeSantis said

The settlement, arising from a lawsuit Florida filed in Circuit Court in Leon County, ends a long run by the coalition as the go-to organization to administer state support for domestic violence programs throughout Florida.

Fueled by preceding media reports, a House investigation determined that while shelters across the state suffered from funding shortages, Carr received a more than $7.5 million salary over the course of three years as CEO. Moreover, Carr raked in more than eight years’ worth of paid time off.

“The power that this group was given for almost 20 years and the misrepresentation of appropriation of state and federal funds is inexcusable. It should not have happened. And it cannot be allowed to happen in other organizations that may be getting funding from the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.

In May, a Leon County Circuit Judge appointed a receiver to account for and distribute assets.

Moody said most of the misappropriated money was funneled to Carr as compensation for “paid time off,” which “allowed them to conceal the excessive compensation paid to Carr,” Moody said.

Carr received millions of dollars in paid time off compensation, at one point billing the board 465 days of paid time-off in a single year.

There have been no criminal proceedings yet against Carr or others in the case. However, Moody said the civil settlement does not affect any potential criminal proceedings.

“We look forward to making sure that folks that are entrusted with monies and responsibilities in the state of Florida, whether you have been given that trust by voters, whether you are given that trust by this administration, you will be held accountable if you violate that trust,” Moody said.

House Speaker Chris Sprowls said, “Two years ago, the Florida House began aggressively investigating and uncovering the unscrupulous scheme that FCADV’s CEO, Tiffany Carr, carefully orchestrated to defraud Floridians and victims of domestic violence of millions of dollars. The dissolution of FCADV and the significant payments of its corrupt leadership through this settlement means victims of domestic violence in Florida can have hope and faith in a safe, bright future.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


  • Kimberly Ann Hutkin

    August 27, 2021 at 11:29 am

    As a domestic abuse survivor this is disgusting and I pray Tiffany Carr will get what she deserves. Take away her house her car everything‼️


    August 27, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I run a nonprofit myself and dont get funding other then donations from my customers to help me help others. This is beyond sickening and she should be given a good amount of time in jail and anyone else who helped her do so.

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