Black Lives Matter leader accused of stealing $10M from organization
A lawsuit filed by a coalition of 26 Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapters has accused the organization’s foundation head of “unjust enrichment,” specifically the theft of $10 million in charitable contributions for personal expenditures.
Black Lives Matter Grassroots claims that Shalomyah Bowers, the leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, defrauded the local activist groups by siphoning funds away from them.
Bowers denied that he engaged in financial misconduct, suggesting that the BLM grassroots network is complicit in systemic racism in launching litigation against him. His consulting firm was allegedly paid two million dollars by the foundation in fiscal year 2020, according to a tax filing.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles superior court, has asked for damages and restitution as well as a temporary restraining order to bar the umbrella organization from accessing the BLM accounts and website