Claim: Black Lives Matter Member Diverted $10 Million For Personal Use

On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed that alleges a leading official at the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLM) took over $10 million from the organization and diverted them for his own personal use.

Shalomyah Bowers, the defendant in the case, is claimed to have used BLM as his “personal piggy bank.”

Bowers is the secretary of the BLM board of directors and is also accused of “betraying the public trust by self-dealing and breaching his fiduciary duties.”

Bowers has allegedly shut off access to many of BLM’s organizers like Melina Abdullah. Abdullah founded the Los Angeles chapter of BLM and heads up Black Lives Matter Grassroots, Inc., the plaintiff organization in the new lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that BLM’s financial accounts should contain “over $100 million,” and says that Bowers and the BLM board has engaged in “self dealing, enriching themselves off of the backs of people who put their blood, sweat and tears into this movement.”

The Black Lives Matter movement began almost a decade ago following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Especially since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020, the movement has raised tens of millions in contributions to BLM from mainstream “woke” corporations with its mission to defund the police and “abolish white supremacy.”

Bowers was hired to run the newly created BLM nonprofit, which was reportedly set up to provide greater transparency and accountability for donated funds. The lawsuit alleges that after Cullors resigned from BLM, Bowers “managed to steal control” of the organization through “a series of misrepresentations and unauthorized backroom dealings.”

The accused fraudster has not filed any response to the lawsuit in court to date, but posted a lengthy statement on the BLM website calling the allegations made by Abdullah as “slanderous and devoid of reality.”

Bowers went on to say that the lawsuit’s “storytelling” gives “fodder to right-wing media’s clear agenda of sowing distrust and division among Black folks, and it is in deep contrast to abolitionist values and the fight for Black liberation.”