A Black Lives Matter leader has been accused of stealing $10 million, treating the foundation as his “personal piggy bank” and causing several IRS investigations of the left-wing activist group.
Shalomyah Bowers, who became head of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation in April, fraudulently siphoned more than $10 million from the foundation in “fees” to his own Bowers Consulting Firm, and diverting resources from a new organization called Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc., according to a lawsuit filed against him in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In 2021, BLM Global Network Foundation paid the Bowers Consulting Firm $2,167,894, according to federal tax filings.
The lawsuit — filed on behalf of 26 grassroots BLM chapters — asserts that Bowers used the BLM foundation funds as his “personal piggy bank” while acting as a “rogue administrator” and “middle man turned usurper.”
The suit goes on to argue that the BLM leader led the foundation into several investigations from the IRS and “various state attorney generals, blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM in less than eighteen months.”
“While BLM leaders and movement workers were on the street risking their lives, Mr. Bowers remained in his cushy offices devising a scheme of fraud and misrepresentation to break the implied-in-fact contract between donors and BLM,” the lawsuit adds.
Of course, Black Lives Matters’ board of directors has decided to blame “white supremacy” as the reason for someone daring to file a lawsuit against a member of their foundation.
“They would rather take the same steps of our white oppressors and utilize the criminal legal system which is propped up by white supremacy to solve movement disputes,” the statement said.
A Black Lives Matter leader is accused of stealing $10 million from the organization by former colleagues in a lawsuit. In response, #BLM released a statement saying the ex-colleagues suing are utilizing a system of white supremacy to oppress blacks. https://t.co/hJNeHhYaDG
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2022
Walter Mosley, the lawyer who also drafted the lawsuit against Bowers, is the founder of Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc. — a nonprofit that serves as an umbrella group to represent local BLM chapters nationwide.
“He continued to betray the public trust by self-dealing and breaching his fiduciary duties,” BLM Grassroots argued in the lawsuit. “Instead of using the donations for its intended purposes, Mr. Bowers diverted these donations to his own coffers and intentionally took calculated steps to prevent those same resources from being used by BLM for on-the-ground-movement work.”
According to an investigation of Black Lives Matter, there is a shocking lack of financial transparency within the foundation.
This was especially evident after BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors was caught using foundation funds to personally benefit, spending more than $3 million on homes in Los Angeles and outside Atlanta. Critics are now arguing that Bowers’ actions, coupled with the actions of Cullors, show a pattern of inappropriate conduct by leaders of the organization.