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Former Florida Domestic Violence Coalition CEO Turns Herself Into North Carolina Authorities
By Local News Desk,
Tiffany Carr, the former longtime president and CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, turned herself into North Carolina authorities after an arrest warrant was issued last week on fraud, grand theft and official misconduct charges.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Carr turned herself in Monday at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.
Florida authorities charged Carr and Patricia Duarte, a former chief financial officer for the coalition, and alleged they bilked the state out of more than $3.7 million from money earmarked for domestic violence shelters.
The charges stemmed from allegations that Carr received exorbitant compensation from the coalition, which was in charge of dispersing more than $46 million a year in state, federal, and private funds to 42 domestic violence shelters throughout Florida. In announcing the charges last week, Florida authorities alleged that Carr received more than $3.4 million in “excessive bonus and leave payouts” and Duarte received $291,000.
Both women were charged with one count each of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and official misconduct. Duarte turned herself in last week in Leon County.