A non-profit organization in Washington that provides transitional housing and support for LGBT children is being investigated for suspected mismanagement and theft of funds.
On Monday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, a Democrat and an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, announced he would file a motion for a restraining order that would freeze Casa Ruby’s bank and PayPal accounts, preventing the organization’s founder, Ruby Corado, from making withdrawals.
Racine alleged that the organization displayed “clear patterns of mismanagement,” “poor oversight of programs & finances” and “improper use of District grants & charitable donations.”
“Their Executive Director, Ruby Corado, appears to have fled the country, withdrawn tens of thousands of dollars of nonprofit funds, and has failed to pay employees and vendors money they are rightfully owed,” he said on Twitter on Monday.
NEW: Today, my office is taking action to address Casa Ruby’s failures in their critical mission to help LGBTQ+ youth.
Their operations suggest:
➡️clear patterns of mismanagement
➡️poor oversight of programs & finances
➡️improper use of District grants & charitable donations.
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) August 1, 2022
The Washington Post stated on July 17 that Casa Ruby was created in 2012 by Corado, an El Salvadoran transgender immigrant, as a volunteer effort that quickly grew into an organization with approximately 100 staff and branches in many areas of the nation’s capital.
According to the study, the organization quickly expanded to create a program for LGBT asylum applicants in the United States.
According to federal tax returns obtained by the Post, Corado earned $31,895. In 2020, this number is projected to reach $260,000, according to the analysis.
DC's attorney general has asked the Superior Court to freeze Casa Ruby's bank accounts to prevent Ruby Corado from withdrawing money. Lots of details here:https://t.co/82TcI3ZOMM
— Casey Parks (@caseyparks) August 1, 2022
According to the Post, the majority of the rise in Casa Ruby’s earnings came from nearly two dozen grants awarded by the D.C. Department of Human Services since 2015, as well as funds from the mayor’s office.
According to the news source, the department awarded Casa Ruby three grants in 2021 for transitional housing and a low-barrier shelter. According to the Post, the grants totaled around $1.7 million.
More on this story via The Western Jorunal:
According to WUSA-TV in Washington, Corado — a man who identifies as a woman — allegedly withdrew “tens of thousands of dollars” from the organization’s M&T Bank accounts and misused over $60,000 of the organization’s funds to pay for his personal credit card bills. CONTINUE READING…