The FBI arrested the Atlanta founder of a leftist Black Lives Matters (BLM) group for fraud and money laundering. He took $200,000 from the donations for his personal expenses.
Sir Maejor Page, 32, solicited donations through Facebook on behalf of the BLM Greater Atlanta group and received more than $466,000 in June, July and August, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo said, according to Fox News on Sept. 27.
“In sum, Page has spent over $200,000 on personal items generated from donations received through the BLMGA Facebook page with no identifiable purchase or expenditure for social or racial justice,” Desorbo reported.
Although Page said he would use the donation money “for George Floyd” he used it for food, restaurants, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, custom suits, and accessories.
Page had registered the BLM group in 2016 as a nonprofit but lost that status after failing to file the required government reports for three years.
Following his arrest in Toledo, a city in Lucas County, Ohio, Page was released on bail after appearing before a judge virtually.
The BLM movement, which was energized by the death of African American George Floyd under police surveillance on May 25, quickly lost support after it led violent riots that caused loss of life and damage to thousands of properties.
President Donald Trump called the BLM Marxist in an Aug. 31 interview.
“Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization,” said President Trump, adding, “It’s a terrible name, it’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for black people, it’s bad for everyone.”
Also, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani asked President Trump to declare BLM a domestic terrorist organization.
“The president should consider, very carefully, declaring the BLM a domestic terrorist organization,” Giuliani reiterated, according to Fox News.
The organization’s founders declared that Marxism was their ideological framework and that they received that training.