A Boston Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist who was once named “Bostonian of the year” and her husband have been indicted on federal fraud charges.

On Tuesday, Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband Clark Grant were both charged for a scheme involving ripping off donors for $185,000.

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Federal Indictment

Charges against the Grants are part of an 18-count federal indictment that also includes wire fraud charges and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. Cannon-Grant, the founder of a nonprofit called “Violence in Boston,” is being accused of using the non-profit as a slush fund.

The New York Post reports that the slush fund was spent on things like shopping, rent, nail salons, and even a vacation.

The Daily Mail notes that the couple are also accused of wrongfully collecting over $30,000 in pandemic unemployment.

The couple was arrested at their swanky $450,000 home on Tuesday.

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Activism Pays

Monica Cannon-Grant started Violence In Boston in 2017 with just $1,000.

By April of 2020, it had grown to $50,000 in donations. In October of 2020, Cannon-Grant began paying herself a weekly salary of $2,788, while not reporting the income. 

Her salary went from $25,000 in 2020 to $170,000 in 2021. 

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BLM Has History Of Financial Questions

This is not the first time eyebrows have been raised over the financial dealings of prominent Black Lives Matter activists.

In April of 2021, BLM co-founder Patrice Khan-Cullors faced scrutiny over the purchase of four luxury homes collectively priced at around $3.2 million.

Khan-Cullors who has described herself as a Marxist, purchased pricey homes in the Los Angeles area. Other BLM activists questioned Khan-Cullors spending, including the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City. Hawk Newsome.

Newsome demanded an investigation, saying,

“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes. It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry this movement.”