Former mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration improperly awarded more than $1 million in no-bid grants to Peaceoholics, a local violence-prevention group that was ill equipped to manage city money it received from 2006 to 2010, the D.C. Auditor has concluded.
In a much anticipated report, Auditor Yolanda Branche concludes that the nonprofit group “did not develop the appropriate internal controls” to “verify that all District funds were consistently used for the intended purposes.”
During the four-year period, seven District government agencies and the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp., a quasi public-private charitable group, awarded Peaceoholics $13.8 million for various conflict-resolution and gang-prevention initiatives.
Although the report recognizes Peaceoholics’ efforts to diffuse violence, it found numerous irregularities in how the money was awarded and managed.
Peaceoholics, founded in 2005 by Jauhar Abraham and Ronald Moten, consistently co-mingled grant monies between its bank accounts in violation of city grant procedures, according to the audit.