Sep 16, 2020
Man, stepfather charged with vandalizing home with BLM signs
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A Massachusetts man and his stepfather repeatedly vandalized a home displaying Black Lives Matter signs — spray-painting an obscenity on a tree and pelting eggs and tomatoes at the residence, authorities allege.
Joshua Simpson, 21, and Stephen Smith, 55, were arraigned Tuesday after a month-long investigation into vandalism, property damage and civil rights violations at the home in Lynnfield, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett announced.
The pair, who also live in Lynnfield, were charged after a resident first reported the vandalism on Aug. 17, saying an obscenity directed toward Black Lives Matter was spray-painted on a driveway, Blodgett said.
The homeowner said a BLM sign at the residence was stolen the night before, but the alleged theft was not reported, authorities said.
Police responded to the Summer Street home over the course of the next month to look into several acts of vandalism and property damage, including several stolen BLM signs, an obscenity spray-painted on a tree and eggs and tomatoes tossed at the residence, Blodgett said.
Officers conducting surveillance on the home early Tuesday then spotted Simpson approaching the residence with a carton of eggs, Blodgett said.
“A short time later, Smith drove by the scene and attempted to run the officers over with his vehicle,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Simpson pleaded not guilty to charges of malicious destruction of property, larceny under $1,200, vandalizing property, resisting arrest, property damage to intimidate and criminal harassment. A judge set his bail at $750 and ordered him to stay away from the victim’s home, as well as to abstain from drinking alcohol, Blodgett said.
Smith pleaded not guilty to operating under the influence, assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, property damage to intimidate and assault to murder. He was ordered held without bail ahead of a dangerousness hearing set for Sept. 21, prosecutors said.
Detectives spent “countless hours” responding to the vandalism reports and working with the homeowners to identify Smith and Simpson, Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen said.
“I am hopeful that these arrests and eventual prosecution of these individuals will help provide some peace of mind to the victims and send a message to others that this type of conduct will not be tolerated in this community,” Breen said in a statement.
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FBI arrests Black Lives Matter activist, accused of spending $200K in donations on tailored suits and property
An Atlanta-based Black Lives Matter activist faces federal charges of money laundering and wire fraud for allegedly using donation money for personal purchases such as tailored suits, guns, and a security system.
Sir Maejor Page, also known as Tyree Conyers-Page, was arrested on Friday morning in Toledo, Ohio. Page, 32, was charged with one count of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Page allegedly operated a Facebook page called "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta," a non-profit organization that accepted monetary donations under the guise of using the money to fight against racial injustice. Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta solicited donations on GoFundMe, where the organization was listed as a non-profit.
Page assured people that "none of the funds have been used for personal items," according to the FBI. "All movement related."
Authorities claim that a bank account named "Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Inc." was opened in 2018, and Page was the only signatory on the account. Between April 2018 and May 2020, the bank account's balance never exceeded $5,000, but donations started pouring in following the death of George Floyd in late May. Officials say between June and August of this year, $467,342.18 in donations were transferred to the BLMGA bank account that Page controlled, as reported by WTOL-TV.
The FBI said Page used a debit card linked to the same bank account that was dedicated to Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta to make personal purchases. Page reportedly used the donation money to buy food, entertainment, tailored suits, furniture, guns, and a home security system.
Since early August, Page's Instagram and social media videos have featured an increased amount of new clothes, including posts about tailored suits, "nice cufflinks," and "$150 ties."
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On Aug. 21, Page allegedly used the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta bank account to purchase a residence and an adjacent vacant lot in Toledo for $112,000.
Records show that the home was purchased by an organization Hi Frequency, an organization for which Page was listed as the treasurer and general counsel. Page seemingly attempted to hide his ownership of the property by stating in the non-disclosure agreement that the transaction was to be entered "by and between Hi Frequency Ohio via Sir Maejor Page" and the seller's agent.The home at which law enforcement is raiding in regards to Sir Maejor Page was purchased by the activist organizati… https://t.co/XoxGddEfpe — Shaun Hegarty (@Shaun Hegarty)1601046324.0
Authorities said Page spent over $200,000 on personal items with money from donations made to his Black Lives Matter organization, but the FBI did not find any purchases or expenditures tied to social activism or racial injustice.
Page was released after posting $10,000 bond.
As part of his bond release, Page is not allowed to use Facebook. He is also barred from conducting any fundraising or obtaining any new bank accounts or lines of credit without prior approval of Pretrial Services.
GoFundMe said the company had removed fundraising accounts associated with Page and the Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta organization. Page has been banned from using the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform, and refunds are being offered to donors who request them.
"GoFundMe has taken action to ensure you can no longer start a GoFundMe for BLMGA. PayPal has also confirmed BLMGA has been removed from its database," the statement read. "Campaigns with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously. Our team is working with law enforcement and assisting them in the investigation."
An IMDB listing shows "Sir Maejor" was an actor in FX's TV series "American Horror Story: Coven" as an "albino guard/henchman."