The founder of a Black Lives Matter group in Atlanta has been arrested on Friday for fraud and money laundering charges.
According to Fox, He was accused of diverting $200,000 in donations her solicited through Facebook on behalf of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.
Sir Maejor Page was arrested in Toledo and released on bond after appearing before a judge via video.
The Toledo FBI office opened an investigation last year after a cooperating witness submitted a fraud complaint against Page, whose real name is Tyree Conyers-Page, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo said in the complaint.
The 32 year old founded Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta in 2016 and this year took in more than $466,000 in donations in June, July and August, Desorbo said.
“In sum, Page has spent over $200,000 on personal items generated from
donations received through BLMGA Facebook page with no identifiable purchase or expenditure
for social or racial justice,” he said.
In another damning revelation, The FBI in Toledo said Page pledged to use those donations “for George Floyd” but instead used the money make purchases related to food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, tailored suits and accessories.
Page also used $112,000 of the donated money to purchase a house for himself in Toledo, Ohio. The transaction took place last month, the bureau revealed futher.
Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta could not solicit donations after losing its tax-exempt status as a charity in 2019 for failing to submit to the IRS 990 tax returns listing donations and expenditures.
Earlier media reports suggests that Page became popular at Black Lives Matter march processions in Atlanta to protest fatal police shootings since 2016.
The Station reports that He was also said to be part of a group of Black activists who met with then-Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed to demand changes in police training and tactics. Page even spoke at a joint news conference.
According to the station, months earlier Page had parted ways with the Black Lives Matter of Atlanta movement before forming Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta.
This post was last modified on September 27, 2020 1:24 pm
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