Betrayal Of Trust: BLM Fundraiser's Trial Exposes STUNNING Money Laundering Scheme

By Victor Smiroff | Saturday, 06 April 2024 03:00 PM
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Tyree Conyers-Page, a 35-year-old actor who also goes by the name Sir Maejor Page, has been accused of exploiting the death of George Floyd for personal gain.

Page, who has a history of arrests for impersonating a police officer, allegedly used a Black Lives Matter non-profit organization for fraudulent purposes in 2020, according to the FBI.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Page set up a fundraising campaign for Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, which reportedly raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. The funds were allegedly used by Page to finance a lavish lifestyle, including the purchase of tailored suits, firearms, a security system, and a new home. Page's defense lawyer has suggested that the home may have been intended as a shelter for battered women.

Page's trial began this week, with the defense facing a challenging task. The FBI Cleveland Division announced Page's arrest on September 25, 2020, following a complaint to the social media page for Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, which Page had set up as a non-profit organization.

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However, contrary to Page's online claims, the organization lost its tax-exempt status as a charity in May 2019 due to Page's failure to submit IRS Form 990 for three consecutive years. Despite this, Facebook continued to list the organization as a non-profit with a donation button until September 2020, as Page had allegedly failed to inform the social media company of the change in status. The organization was also listed as a non-profit on GoFundMe.

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A bank account named "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Inc." was reportedly opened in 2018, with Page as the sole signatory. The account saw little activity until the weeks following George Floyd's death in May 2020. By June, the organization had received more than $36,493 in donations, and by July 2020, the total had exceeded $370,000.

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According to the FBI, all these donations were transferred into the bank account for which Page was the only signatory. Page allegedly told donors and others that the funds had been donated for use in the "fight for George Floyd" and that none of "the funds have been used for personal items."

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However, the FBI alleges that Page lived a luxurious lifestyle using the donated funds, purchasing fine dining, tailor-made suits, new furniture, a home security system, and real estate. Page is also accused of transferring funds from the organization's account to his personal account to buy two rifles and a pistol.

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Despite his claims that everything was aboveboard, Page reportedly bragged on social media about his new purchases, including cuff links, $150 ties, and a penthouse suite. In one post, he boasted about his "room way up at the top ... at the top top ... they put the bottom feeders on these floors."

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The FBI alleges that "Page has spent over $200,000 on personal items generated from donations received from the BLMGA social media page with no identifiable purchase or expenditure for social or racial justice."

Following Page's arrest, GoFundMe announced that it would refund donations.

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In March 2021, a federal grand jury in Cleveland indicted Page with three counts of money laundering and one count of wire fraud.

"These allegations involve fraudulent misrepresentations that the donations received would support Black Lives Matter (Atlanta, Georgia) when, as stated in the indictment, those funds were actually used by the defendant for personal expenses he incurred in Toledo and elsewhere," said U.S. District Judge Bridget Brennan, then the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

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"Page is accused of using unprecedented tensions and uncertainty due to widespread civil unrest and a global pandemic to fill his own bank account," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith. "Page allegedly purchased homes, traveled, and spent other people's money to buy luxury items for himself, all on the backs of hardworking people believing they were donating to a worthy cause. The FBI will continue efforts to root out fraudsters who victimize our fellow citizens for personal gain."

Page is accused of defrauding approximately 1,000 donors out of more than $467,000.

During Page's trial this week, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo testified about how Page allegedly used the donation money for personal expenses. For example, Desorbo claimed that Page made multiple purchases at the Pyramid Lounge in Toledo, buying 16 blue suits with money transferred from the BLMGA account.

Desorbo also noted that Page's defunct charity received a significant amount of money in the summer of 2020, with its expenses in July including a $108,499.83 wire transfer to a Toledo title agency for the purchase of a house.

Page's defense lawyer, Charles Boss, claimed that the house was not intended for Page's personal use but was instead intended as a BLM "community House," possibly for sheltering homeless people or as a battered women's shelter.

However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Melching undermined this claim by playing a video of Page celebrating his new "crib-o" and luxury outfits.

Other activists testified on Wednesday, suggesting that they had been deceived by Page.

"I assumed Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta was operating as part of Black Lives Matter," said Mike Johnston of Watsonville, California. "I assumed it was operating there and was a nonprofit."

The defense attempted to argue that Page had not personally solicited charitable donations through advertising or direct contact. However, Desorbo noted that Page "did mislead donors by not providing answers to their questions" after they had donated money.

Page is not the only person accused of using BLM as a means of personal enrichment. In November, BLM activist Xahra Saleem was sentenced to over two years in jail for similarly defrauding donors. She raised more than $40,000 in donations, promising to help BLM protesters and to send excess funds to a youth charity. Instead, she allegedly used the money for personal expenses.

Blaze News previously reported that BLM activists Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband, Clark Grant, were charged with 18 federal counts in connection with their nonprofit organization, Violence in Boston. They reportedly raised more than $1 million but spent a significant portion on personal expenses, including travel, hotel reservations, and nail salon appointments. Cannon-Grant's trial is scheduled for December 2 in Boston.

The National Desk reported last year that only 33% of the national Black Lives Matter group's donations ultimately went to charity: $22 million reportedly went to expenses; $1.6 million went to BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors' father for security service; and $2.1 million went to BLM board member Shalomyah Bowers for consulting.

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