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Man Spent Donations to Black Lives Matter on Himself, Prosecutors Say - "No cause, no tragedy, and there is no event that fraudsters will not attempt to exploit," said prosecutor accused a man of diverting funds from the group he ran that took in more than $ 450,000.

ATLANTA - Donations poured in this summer as the Black Lives Matter demonstrators surged through the streets of Atlanta and across the country, protesting against the aggressive use of force by the police and demanding more action to scrub out the stain deep institutional racism.

Donors give $ 36 493 in June to an organization calling itself the Black Lives Problem of Greater Atlanta. In July, it took in $ 370 934. In August, $ 59 915. money, the group said, will go to support the movement.

Instead, federal investigators discovered that the money was spent on a night out and a nice outfit. The man who runs the organization, Sir Maejor Page, appeared on social media wearing a tailored suit and tie cufflinks that he boasted to have cost $ 150, stay in a luxury hotel room. "My room way up on top," he boasted. "At the top of the top."

He also used the money donated, authorities say, to buy a house and land - not in Atlanta, but where he really lived, in Toledo, Ohio. Pak Page, 32, was indicted by federal prosecutors on Friday to one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

"We always work diligently to ensure that people do not scam their way into a financial windfall by playing off the public's emotions or fears," Justin Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said in a statement on Sunday. "This case is thought to be one example of something that we have been sad to see again and again, whether it relates to the global pandemic or schemes targeting older people - there is no cause, no tragedy, and there is no event that fraudsters will not seek to exploit. "

A lawyer representing Mr. Weather declined to comment on Sunday.

Pak Page, also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, was arrested on Friday, appeared in federal court and released on $ 10,000 bail.

George Floyd's death in police custody Minneapolis in May sparked demonstrations across the country and renewed the Black Lives Matter movement, decentralized and encourage local activists to organize at the grassroots level. Black Lives Problem Greater Atlanta presented itself as a grassroots effort.

As organizations seek to establish itself and attract donations, tensions erupted into riots in Atlanta. Demonstration pushed through the streets in the city center after the death of Mr. Floyd increase, as some in the crowd broke windows, vandalized buildings and set a police car on fire. demonstrators anger intensified a few weeks later when Rayshard Brooks, a Black man 27 years old, was shot by police Atlanta in June.

Greater Atlanta organization maintains an active presence on Facebook, seeks donations through GoFundMe, and cheered on the protesters. "We were fascinated by the millions who come together to demand justice - for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many other people who've had their lives taken," said one of the posts in August.

Mr Page said in private messages that the donation received is being used to finance the group's activism, federal investigators said. None of the money was "used for personal items," wrote Mr. Page in one message. "All movements are linked."

Another group based in Atlanta has distanced itself from the organization Mr. Page and appeals for money. An organization named the same but related, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, wrote on Facebook, "This page will never seek donations. It is a collective grassroots movement to fight for justice for the disenfranchised, and the victims of police brutality. " Greater Atlanta group stressed in a posting in June that it was not tax-deductible donation: "We said it once and we'll say it again, BLMGA no longer a non-profit org, we are a grassroots social media org. "

Authorities said that Mr. Page founded the non-profit organization in 2016 and opened a bank account for the Black Lives Problem Greater Atlanta Inc. in 2018 with himself as sole signatories. Account balance never exceeds $ 5,000 until May of this year, and at one point it was overdrawn by $ 12.42.

But then the donations explode.

Researchers found that Mr Page used a debit card linked to a bank account to pay for food, entertainment, furniture and home security systems. On August 21, authorities said, he spent $ 112,000 of the money donated to the home in Toledo and many are close together.

A friend, Ron Goolsby, told The Toledo blade that he hoped Mr. Page will be released. Mr. Weather had plans to turn the house Toledo to a shelter for victims of domestic violence, said Mr. Goolsby. "This will all be cleaned up, for sure," he said.

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