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Lawsuit Claims Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Executive Siphoned $10 Million for Personal Use

People take part in a rally on April 29, 2015 at Union Square in New York, held in solidarity with demonstrators in Baltimore, Maryland demanding justice for an African-American man who died of severe spinal injuries sustained in police custody. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images
People take part in a rally on April 29, 2015 at Union Square in New York, held in solidarity with demonstrators in Baltimore, Maryland demanding justice for an African-American man who died of severe spinal injuries sustained in police custody. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation on Friday was sued by Black Lives Matter Grassroots, which accused a foundation executive of stealing $10 million worth of donations from the organization. 

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, says BLM Global Network Foundation board member Shalomyah Bowers siphoned off the money into his own “personal piggy bank.”

The complaint characterizes Bowers as a “rouge administrator, a middleman, turned usurper” after having been entrusted to collect donations on behalf of the BLM movement.

Bowers’ actions have forced the foundation to undergo “multiple investigations by the Internal Revenue Service and various state attorneys general, blazing a path of irreparable harm to BLM in less than eighteen months, ” the lawsuit reads. 

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