Breitbart reported that Xahra Saleem, 23, recently entered a guilty plea to one count of fraud at the Bristol Crown Court. The charges stemmed from £30,000 ($36,603) in donations from the general public disappearing, with the intended beneficiaries not receiving even a single penny.
Saleem, who also went by the name Yvonne Maina, was a founding member of the BLM offshoot All Black Lives (ABL) Bristol. She was also involved in the infamous June 2020 protest that resulted in the statue of merchant Edward Colston being toppled and thrown into the Bristol Harbor.
According to the outlet, Saleem had set up an online fundraiser in the days prior to the protest in order to allegedly raise money for the aforementioned protest. Any excess funds raised would be donated by ABL Bristol to a local youth charity named Changing Your Mindset (CYM), the Times reported. In turn, the charity would subsidize the cost of a trip to Africa for deprived local children in Bristol.
The plan unfortunately did not come to fruition. CYM claimed it never received the money from ABL Bristol and raised the issue with local police. It eventually shut down entirely after being disillusioned over the incident.
Saleem was charged with fraud "while occupying a position, namely organizer in which [she was] expected to safeguard or not act against the financial interests of ABL Bristol. It also accused her of "dishonestly [abusing] the position intending to make a gain" in the form of "using the funds raised for [herself]." Aside from the fraud charge involving CYM, Saleem was also charged in connection with a second fundraiser – with the supposed beneficiaries not receiving the money, the BBC reported. (Related: Another Black Lives Matter activist arrested for misappropriating (aka stealing) funds.)
Had Saleem not appeared before the court, a trial would have taken place in December. She is scheduled for sentencing at the same court on Oct. 31.
It appears that embezzlement and fraud are a common occurrence within BLM, even across the pond. At home, the movement's founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors has been under fire for spending donations to the movement on high-end real estate. Citing property records, the New York Post said Cullors managed to purchase four luxury homes for $3.2 million in the U.S. alone.
Hawk Newsome, who heads BLM Greater New York City, called for an "independent investigation" to determine how Cullors – and the BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) under her – spends its money.
"If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes," he said. "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."
Later, other BLM chapters distanced themselves from Cullors after news of the BLMGNF's potential insolvency surfaced. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the foundation "blew through two-thirds of the $90 million the group raised following George Floyd's death in the summer of 2020 and suffered a massive drop in donations in its 2022 fiscal year."
The Free Beacon also disclosed that BLMGNF spent huge amounts on high-priced contractors that share close ties with Cullors. Her brother collected a $126,000 salary as "head of security," while two companies he owned raked in $1.6 million providing "professional security services" for BLM.
Shalomyah Bowers, meanwhile, collected $1.7 million for consultancy and management services provided through his firm Bowers Consulting. He was named as the successor to BLMGNF after Cullors stepped down in May 2021.
But a September 2022 lawsuit filed by the BLM Grassroots chapter accused Bowers of using BLMGNF as his "personal piggy bank." It alleged that the consultant fraudulently siphoned $10 million in "fees" to his company. "[Bowers] continued to betray the public trust by self-dealing and breaching his fiduciary duties," the lawsuit continued.
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