An Atlanta man has been arrested for creating a fake Black Lives Matter charity and spending the money gained on a house, suits, and guns.
Sir Maejor Page, 32, also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, was caught in Toledo, Ohio, Friday following a raid at a home in the city. Maejor Page has been federally charged with wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.
According to federal agents, Page created and ran social media pages for an organization known as the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta. However, the organization’s status as a non-profit was revoked last year after the paperwork wasn’t filed.
A bank account under the organization never topped $5,000 until this summer when it saw a huge influx of cash after the death of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. Authorities added that from June to August the account received $465,000 in donations that were transferred to an account operated by Page.
According to the New York Post, Page responded to social media inquiries in June, saying the donated funds were only used for “movement-related” expenses, not for “personal items.”
The FBI however, said it was unable to find any expenses related to Black Lives Matter, social or racial injustice efforts in the $200,000 spree. What they did find was a debit card linked to the account that made purchases such as food, tailored suits, accessories, and entertainment. Authorities also found Page used his personal account to accept a transfer of funds from the group’s account and used the funds to purchase a pistol and two rifles.
Authorities said Page’s biggest expense was the home in Toledo and an adjacent lot he purchased for $112,000. Authorities also obtained videos of Page bragging about purchasing new clothes, hotel rooms, and office space in Atlanta.
The Daily Mail reported court and arrest records from 2014 and 2015 revealed Page faced charges of impersonating an officer.
Page is currently free on a $10,000 bond but is restricted from using Facebook or any fundraising platform and from opening lines of credit or bank accounts without permission.