The news is out: [A man in Ohio was arrested Friday after federal officials say he posed as a Black Lives Matter leader and used more than $200,000 in donations to a fake non-profit on myriad items, including a home, suits and guns.
Investigators said actor and activist Sir Maejor Page, also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, 32, created social media and GoFundMe pages under the name Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta (BLMGA), indicating that it was non-profit, according to an FBI news release.
A bank account was set up for BLMGA in 2018, with Page as the sole signatory, the FBI said.
In June, the BLMGA page received $36,493.80 in donations, followed by $370,933.69 in July and $59,914.69 in August, the FBI said.
The money was transferred from the social media platform to Page’s BLMGA bank account, according to the FBI.
During that time, Page responded to several social media messages that the donations would be used to fight for Floyd and that none of “the funds have been used for personal items. All movement related,” according to the FBI.
But in June, July and August, federal officials allege that Page used a debit card tied to the bank account to buy tailored suits and other clothing, furniture and a home security system, as well as to make dining and entertainment purchases.
On Aug. 21, Page used about $112,000 from the account to purchase a home and adjacent vacant lot in Toledo, the FBI said. Page is accused of trying to conceal the purchase in a non-disclosure agreement that stated the transaction was entered “by and between Hi Frequency Ohio via Sir Maejor Page” and the seller’s agent, the FBI said.
In September, Page also transferred money from the BLMGA account to his personal bank account to buy a pistol and two other guns, according to federal officials.
In videos and livestreams on Page’s social media account, he could be heard “boasting” about his money, suits, cuff links and “$150 ties,” the FBI said.
All in all, officials said Page spent more than $200,000 in donations on personal items, “with no identifiable purchase or expenditure for social or racial justice.”]
Not one penny was from me, as I donate to no one.