An Atlanta, Georgia, Black Lives Matter activist was arrested by the FBI on Friday morning for money laundering and cable fraud on charges of using donations to fund his own dazzling lifestyle, buying things like bespoke suits, guns, and other security system .
Black Lives Matter activist arrested
Sir Maejor Page, a 32-year-old activist also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, was arrested in Toledo, Ohio and, according to the Atlanta Journal constitution, has been involved in a number of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.
Page allegedly ran a Facebook page titled Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, a nonprofit that accepted donations and claimed the money was used to fight racial injustice. The FBI said that Page said on a GoFundMe page asking for donations that "none of the funds were used on personal items."
The FBI claims that Page has a bank account called "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Inc." opened and he was the only signatory. The account balance never exceeded $ 5,000 between April 2018 and May 2020, but donations were made after the death of George Floyd in late May. Between June and August, FBI officials discovered that $ 467,342.18 in donations had been transferred to the BLMGA bank account monitored by Page, according to WTOL-TV.
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Page allegedly used the debit card linked to the BLMGA bank account to make personal purchases for himself and to spend the money on things like food, entertainment, bespoke suits, furniture, guns, and a home security system. Last month, Page flaunted its chic new clothes on Instagram, showing off bespoke suits, “nice cufflinks” and “$ 150 ties”.
FBI arrested page
In the end, the FBI says that Page spent $ 200,000 on personal items, with money raised from donations to his Black Lives Matter organization, and they found no evidence that he spent a penny on social or racial justice.
Page was released for a $ 10,000 bond under an agreement that says he can't use Facebook. He is also not permitted to raise funds or create new bank accounts or lines of credit without the prior approval of Pretrial Services.
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GoFundMe posted a brief statement that the page has been removed.
“GoFundMe has taken steps to ensure that you can no longer launch GoFundMe for BLMGA. PayPal has also confirmed that BLMGA has been removed from its database, ”the statement said. “Abuse campaigns are very rare and we take all complaints very seriously. Our team works with law enforcement agencies and supports them in the investigation. "
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This piece was written by James Samson on September 28th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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