TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2020) -- On Monday afternoon, a panel of lawmakers from the Florida House of Representatives began public hearings with a handful of subpoenaed board members from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) shortly after 1 p.m. in the House Office Building of the Florida Capitol.
During the meeting, which ran until 7 p.m., the House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee, chaired by Rep. Tom Leek, interviewed:
· Melody Keeth, FCADV chairman from Palm Bay
· Laurel Lynch, FCADV director from Bradenton
· Angela Diaz-Vidaillet, FCADV vice president from Miami
· Carol Wick, former executive director of a center that paid membership dues to FCADV, spoke to the House Committee and took questions, as well.
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Members of the media are authorized to use this content in their news broadcasts and other digital coverage of today’s meeting. The public hearings will resume during the next scheduled House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee meeting Thursday.
BACKGROUND: On Feb. 13, the House authorized subpoenas of board members of FCADV as part of an ongoing investigation into lavish salaries, paid leave abuses, and misspending of taxpayer dollars. On Feb. 12, the coalition turned over spending documents to the House that revealed chief executive officer compensation at the nonprofit over the last three years appeared to be more than $7 million. The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee, chaired by Rep. Leek, called for the resignation of all board members, effective immediately.