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Black Lives Matter activists accuse executive of stealing $10 million in donor funds

Black Lives Matter Grassroots is suing an executive of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (GNF) for allegedly stealing $10 million in donations.

In the lawsuit filed the other day in LA, California, BLM Grassroots accuses Shalomyah Bowers, a leader of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, and his Bowers Consulting Firm, of siphoning huge amount of money from the group into their own personal money box. The suit also alleges these actions triggered investigations by state and federal agencies, like the IRS, that they claim blazed a path of irreparable injury to BLM in under eighteen months.

This is actually the case of a rogue administrator, a middleman, turned usurper, who was simply hired to get donations and take into account expenditures of the Black Lives Matter movement, the lawsuit reads.

The suit also alleges that Bowers, who was simply hired by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors to greatly help run GNF and execute its give to BLM Grassroots, didn’t follow the transition plan that Cullors create.

BLM Grassroots said it had been denied usage of GNFs social media marketing accounts.

Enough will do, said BLM Grassroots attorney Walter Mosley on a telephone call to NBC News. The business cant effectively organize and continue steadily to do the task that it historically did without its tools and resources.

The other day, Melina Abdullah, co-founder of BLM LA and co-director of BLM Grassroots, led a news conference announcing the lawsuit.

Global Network Foundation has been recinded from individuals who built it, Abdullah said through the news conference.

In response, Byron McLain, GNFs lawyer,said the allegations are completely false. GNF in addition has released an independent external audit of its financial accounts, which it says ensured fraud and abuse weren’t happening.

Either Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots blatantly and intentionally lied with this particular allegation to be able to garner salacious news headlines, or they simply didn’t do their homework before making this type of wild and unfounded accusation, GNF said in a statement Monday. Either is merely unacceptable.

Bowers didn’t directly react to NBC News requests for touch upon the allegations.

The suit comes because the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement face allegations of mismanaging donor funds following a NY Magazine report in April revealed that leaders purchased a $6 million home in Southern California. In a press conference, the organizations leaders, Cullors and Abdullah, dismissed those allegations as media attacks and misinformation and disinformation.

Meanwhile, the executives at GNF say an idea to hand on the organization to BLM Grassroots will not exist.

The BLMGNF Board of Directors has been consistent and truthful even yet in the facial skin of right wing media attacks which have created doubt and distrust on the list of Black communities we try to protect and support, the business said in a statement last Thursday. We shall not be quiet or idle while lies are spread about our work and our integrity.

BLM Grassroots is seeking full control of GNF and its own financial assets and resources.

Tat Bellamy-Walker

Tat Bellamy-Walker may be the desk assistant for NBC News’ diversity verticals.

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