Bail denied for former nonprofit Exitus CEO, Candace Lierd
Sep 26, 2023, 3:37 PM | Updated: Sep 27, 2023, 2:35 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Candace Lierd, formerly Candace Rivera and the CEO of the nonprofit group Exitus, appeared for a bail hearing today where she was denied bail by a judge.
Lierd was arrested and charged with 30 fraud-related felonies including fraud, forgery, theft, and false statements in an official proceeding. Exitus was a group supposedly dedicated to supporting those who fell victim to human trafficking. However, in the wake of Lierd’s case, it’s become unknown who the nonprofit was really helping.
She is accused of misrepresenting herself and her business to gain $1.6 million in profits from the false information and personal stories she upheld. Lierd will remain in Utah County Jail and is currently at risk for more lawsuits as her former business circle retaliates.