The founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Atlanta was arrested by the FBI for misappropriating $200,000 in donations for his own personal use.
Sir Maejor Page aka Tyree-Conyers-Page, was arrested in Toledo and charged with one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering on Friday. He teleconferenced before a judge and was released on bond afterwards.
Page created Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta in 2016 under the guise that it was a non-profit, and managed the corresponding social media and GoFundMe pages to raise funds that funneled to account he was the sole signatory on.
The FBI launched an investigation in April of 2019, when a whistleblower accused Page of using the donations to finance his lux lifestyle of tailored suits, hotel rooms, and “$150-dollar ties.” A month later, BLMGA’s tax-exemption was revoked, but neither the organization’s Facebook nor GoFundMe pages reflected the change in status.
As of May 2020, the BLMGA’s bank account balance was $12 in the red, but that all changed after George Floyd’s death. When donations started rolling in by June, Page was assuring users that the funds would be used to fight for social justice.
BLMGA amassed more than $467,000 over the summer, and Page spent $200k of the money on indulgent personal purchases that included guns, hotel rooms, furniture, dining, clothing, and accessories. His largest purchase was on a $112,000 property in Toledo, which he attempted to conceal with a non-disclosure agreement.
Page’s vanity may have been his own undoing, when personal posts of his lavish purchases had social media users questioning where his money came from. Although Page is unemployed and had no sources of income outside of BLMGA funds, he claimed to be employed at a law firm.
“How are you affiliated with BLM in ATL?” one Facebook user questioned. “Where are you located?? On the BLM website there is not [an] Atlanta Georgia Chapter,” said another. According to the whistleblower, the comments were removed from the BLMGA’s page.
GoFundMe has since removed all BLMGA associated accounts and banned Page from their platform.
Page has a criminal record for impersonating a police officer several times in 2014 and 2015.
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