BLM organizer arraigned on fraud, money laundering charges in misuse of donations
A Black Lives Matter organizer was arrested and charged with fraud after authorities say he spent $200,000 on personal expenses including the purchase of a home in Toledo, OH.
Tyree Conyers-Page, aka, Sir Maejor Page, was arrested by the FBI and Toledo Police on Friday for “fraudulently utilizing a Black Lives Matter non-profit organization by way of misrepresentations and by posing as a Black Lives Matter leader,” says local WTOL 11.
“Police say an investigation showed Page created and operated a social media page with the name Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta (BLMGA) as a non-profit organization capable of accepting monetary donations. BLMGA was also listed as a non-profit organization with GoFundMe,” says the local Toledo station.
The FBI says that Page converted the donations “to make purchases related to food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, tailored suits, and accessories. The largest sum purchase was made from the BLMGA bank account to a title company on August 21, 2020, for the purchase of a residence and an adjacent vacant lot in Toledo, Ohio.”
The investigation began after the FBI received a complaint that Page was fraudulently representing himself as a Black Lives Matter leader and misappropriating funds for himself.
The FBI says that Page responded to a social media inquiry about the use of donations to his group saying that all the funds would be used to fight for justice in the George Floyd matter and that none of the funds would be used personally.
But the Feds say that social media posts show Page bragging about expensive hotels, clothing and accessories he recently purchased, presumably with funds provided by BLMGA.
“Numerous videos and livestream videos were posted to Page’s personal social media pages showing himself in what appeared to be newly purchased clothing, hotel rooms, and office space in Atlanta. Several audio statements are made by Page in the videos boasting about the money he has, his tailored suits, his nice cufflinks and ‘$150 dollar ties,’ and boasting about ‘my room way up at the top…at the top top…they put the bottom feeders on these floors….’”
The Toledo Blade says that Page was known in Toledo as a major figure in the BLM movement which included organizing a march on the local police chief this year.
“But the IRS in May, 2019 revoked BLMGA’s charity tax exemption because of failure to submit IRS Form 990 for three consecutive years, and three months later the state of Georgia administratively dissolved the corporation for failure to file required paperwork,” says the Blade.
Page was arraigned last week on one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering and released on a $10,000 bond. He could face up to 50 years in jail, but most likely would serve between five-to-seven years if convicted on all charges.
One associate of Page’s says that the Feds are just intent on making Page look bad.
“This is all going to be cleared up for sure,” said Ron Goolsby, who describes himself as Page’s friend. “They want to make him look like a scammer.”
GoFundMe has disabled BLMGA’s account and says it will “process” refund requests by anyone who requests a refund.
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