Many have suspected the Black Lives Matter movement was one big scam. Now one of its leaders has been slapped with an indictment that could prove it.
Boston BLM leader Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband, Clark Grant, are facing charges for allegedly defrauding donors and skimming from grants given to her Violence in Boston, Fox News reported.
The non-profit, which raised at least $1 million, is supposed to be directed to victims of violent crimes in Boston. Instead, authorities allege that Cannon-Grant and her husband were lining their own pockets with the cash.
Cannon-Grant was arrested Tuesday and released without bail and on her own personal recognizance. She will be able to return to her position at VIB but may not handle its finances.
She has maintained her innocence despite the 18-pages of conspiracy and fraud charges the federal government pinned on her Tuesday. Authorities do not indicate how much may have been taken.
“VIB (Violence in Boston) and Monica have been fully cooperating, and their production of records remains ongoing,” her attorney, Robert Goldstein, said. “Drawing conclusions from an incomplete factual record does not represent the fair and fully informed process a citizen deserves from its government, especially someone like Monica who has worked tirelessly on behalf of her community.”
The indictment alleges the couple had several schemes cooking before being caught. They lied on a mortgage application, collected $1 million in pandemic relief payments for unemployment, and fleeced donors. Most egregiously, Cannon-Grant and her husband squandered a $6,000 grant rather than directing using it to finance a planned trip for at-risk young men.
Though not directly tied to her Black Lives Matter activism, Cannon-Grant enjoyed the cover of philanthropy to commit her alleged crimes. Theft is a terrible crime, but siphoning dollars away from a non-profit meant to help others is utterly despicable if true.