May 27, 2020
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance improperly used $10,161 of federal grant money and did not have adequate records to back up $467,780 in other spending from the grants dedicated to helping survivors of human trafficking, a federal audit found.
The nonprofit received two grants totaling more than $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 and 2018. The audit, released Wednesday by the department’s Office of the Inspector General, found some expenditures lacked specific receipts and that other payments from the grant money were not allowed under the specific parameters of the grant award.
Nancy Lewis, executive director of the nonprofit, did not dispute the audit’s findings and said the organization was working hard to make thousands of changes in response to the findings. The mistakes were due to misunderstandings, miscommunications between agencies and processes that didn’t match the department’s expectations, she said.