A controversial activist and founder of a Black Lives Matter group in Atlanta has been arrested by the FBI and charged with fraud and money laundering.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Sir Maejor Page was accused last week of embezzling $200,000 in donations acquired through Facebook and GoFundMe on behalf of his Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta organization.
Page, whose real name is reportedly Tyree Lavelle Conyers-Page, was arrested in Toledo, Ohio and released on bond.
The Toledo FBI office opened an investigation into the 32-year-old activist last year after a cooperating witness submitted a fraud complaint against him.
Page founded Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta in 2016. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, his organization has raked in more than $466,000 in donations in between July and August, said FBI agent Matthew Desorbo.
“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, noting that Page instead used donations marked “for George Floyd” on food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, tailored suits, and accessories.
Page also took $112,000 to purchase a house for himself in Toledo last month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds that Page also used the funds to purchase a pistol and two rifles.
Unsurprisingly, this is not the first time Page has found himself in hot water for fraud.
According to a 2016 article by Atlanta Progressive News, Page has been marked as a fraud since at least the time of that publication, which followed Page’s arrest for impersonating an FBI agent.
“Conyers-Page shows up at media events and rallies wearing a BLM t-shirt and jumps in front of media cameras, portraying himself as a spokesperson and implying he organized the protests in and around Atlanta,” the outlet stated.
What does it say about this “movement” if someone who has been a known fraudster is still able to grab hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations?!
Use discernment, folks. Repeated incidents of fraud and misappropriation apparently aren’t stopping BLM from spreading across the nation.
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