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Grifters Gonna Grift: Lawsuit Accuses BLM Leader of Swindling $10 Million

Posted on | September 3, 2022 | Comments Off on Grifters Gonna Grift: Lawsuit Accuses BLM Leader of Swindling $10 Million

BLM was always a criminal enterprise:

The leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has been accused by former colleagues of stealing more than $10 million in donations from the organization for personal use, according to a lawsuit filed in court this week.
Shalomyah Bowers was called in the court filing as a “rogue administrator, a middle man turned usurper” who siphoned contributions to the nonprofit activist group to use as a “personal piggy bank,” according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday.
Bowers’ actions led the foundation into investigations by the Internal Revenue Service and various state attorneys general, “blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM in less than eighteen months,” the suit claims. “While BLM leaders and movement workers were on the street risking their lives, Mr. Bowers remained in his cushy offices devising a scheme of fraud and misrepresentation to break the implied-in-fact contract between donors and BLM.”

(Oh, the courageous rioters, “risking their lives”!)

The suit, filed by Black Lives Matter Grassroots, was light on details of the alleged theft of funds, but delved into the fissures within the network of Black Lives Matter groups, charting changes in leadership and power that left Bowers with tight control of the organization.
Bowers and his group denied all claims of financial misconduct and chastised those suing him for “falling victim to the carceral logic and social violence that fuels the legal system” in taking legal action against him.
“They would rather take the same steps of our white oppressors and utilize the criminal legal system which is propped up by white supremacy (the same system they say they want to dismantle) to solve movement disputes,” the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s board of directors said in a joint statement.
Bowers is one of three members of the board.

(If a black man swindles $10 million, it’s “white supremacy” to take him to court, because “social justice,” y’all!)

Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is an administrative organization that raises funds to distribute to Black Lives Matter Grassroots, the umbrella organization for local chapters of the group.
Bowers was hired by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors in 2020 to help raise and distribute money to groups within the foundation.
Attorney Walter Mosley, representing the plaintiffs in the case, alleges that Bowers instead engaged in self-dealing, giving grants to his own consultant firm and charging exorbitant fees reaching eight figures.
“The lawsuit demands that they return the people’s funds and stop impersonating Black Lives Matter,” Mosley said in a statement.
The lawsuit was announced at a news conference Thursday hosted by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles co-founder Melina Abdullah, who said that Bowers shut her and other leaders out of the BLM social media accounts in March by changing the passwords. . . .

(Melina Abdullah was born Melina Rachel Reimann. She is half-white. Her grandfather was a Marxist from Germany. Just sayin’ . . .)

Black Lives Matter has come under fiscal scrutiny since 2020, when the group received $90 million in donations amid protests following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
The organization filed its first public IRS 990 tax form in 2022 and was criticized by some for buying a $6-million Studio City compound.

You have to admire the vagueness of that phrase “criticized by some,” couched in the passive voice. And the “compound” BLM bought in Studio City might more properly be called a mansion, but the Objective Journalists at the L.A. Times are trying to avoid the plain truth, i.e., when these alleged victims of oppression hit that $90 million jackpot, they went on a spending binge that would make a Saudi prince blush.

There were three kinds of people involved in BLM:

1. Cynical hustlers;
2. Dangerous criminals;
3. Gullible fools.

The hustlers got rich, the criminals engaged in a spree of vandalism, arson and looting that wreaked billions of dollars in damage, and the gullible fools sent money to BLM to encourage these riots. Excuse me for not sympathizing with the plaintiffs suing Shalomyah Bowers, but where is the evidence that they are better people than he is? Does anyone really think that Melina Abdullah would have been more scrupulous in her financial dealings if she had been in charge of that $90 million?

By the way, the alleged $10 million ripoff by Bowers is just the tip of the massive corrupt iceberg at BLM:

Patrisse Cullors, the former executive director and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, paid a company owned by Damon Turner $969,459 for “live production, design and media,” according to the group’s latest filings with the IRS. Turner’s for-profit company, which sells $145 sweatshirts on its website and solicits donations for “the movement,” received the second-highest payout the group made in fiscal year 2020, which covers July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
A rapper and artist, Turner is the father of Cullors’ young son, and runs a Los Angeles-based entertainment and clothing company called Trap Heals LLC. Turner has been on the receiving end of Cullors’ largesse in the past. In 2019, his company took in $63,500 from Reform LA Jails, a state political action committee controlled by Cullors, to work for criminal justice reform. . . .
The organization also doled out $840,993 to Cullors Protection LLC, a company owned by Patrisse Cullors’ eldest brother, Paul, and set up in July 2020, according to California state records. The cash was doled out for “professional security services,” according to the filings. The Post was unable to establish how much security experience, if any, Paul had before setting up his company. Paul is listed as head of security for Cullors’ personal property and BLMGNF’s $6 million LA headquarters, according to reports.

So, between her baby daddy and her brother, Cullors handed out at least $1.8 million to her family members, and who knows what other corrupt dealings would be unearthed by a thorough investigation of BLM’s finances? But the IRS and the Justice Department are run by Democrats, who certainly are not going to “utilize the criminal legal system which is propped up by white supremacy” to hold these grifters accountable.

The whole thing was a scam from the very beginning.

UPDATE: Oh, I missed this delicious irony:

The lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Dr. Melina Abdullah, accused Joe Biden of capitalizing of the movement’s efforts to defund law enforcement.
Abdullah said Biden “capitalized on our efforts to defund the police, and then tried to condemn the words at the same time,” in an Instagram video from [November 2020]. . . .
“We want to be very clear that as we happily usher out the Trump regime, we will not accept liberal white supremacy in the White House in the form of Joe Biden,” Abdullah said.

Yeah, good luck with your lawsuit, ma’am.



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