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Black Lives Matter co-founder accused of nepotism

Black Lives Matter activist and co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been the focus of a corruption scandal. She paid her brother and father of her child almost a million dollars each from the BLM charity for «creative services» and «security».

According to The Associated Press, citing tax filings for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 20, 2021.

Patrisse Cullors used donated Black Lives Matter funds to pay $840,000 to Cullors Protection for «professional security services». The company is owned by her brother Paul Cullors.

In addition, the foundation paid approximately $970,000 to Trap Heals LLC for assistance in producing live events and providing other creative services. The company is owned by Damon Turner, father of Patrisse Cullors’ child.

According to tax documents, from 2020 to 2021, the foundation accumulated net assets of $42 million. Moreover, the foundation invested $32 million in securities and spent more than $37 million on real estate acquisitions, grants, charter flights and advisory services.

Patrisse Cullors stepped down as the fund’s chief executive last May following press reports that she had purchased four homes for a total of $3.2 million.

The media also found out that the foundation secretly bought a house in California for $ 6 million in October 2020, using the collected donations.

In turn, Cullors and representatives of the BLM deny all accusations. They claim that the houses are intended for meetings of members of the BLM movement.

The California Department of Justice is investigating the Black Lives Matter Foundation for document fraud and late reporting.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a social movement formed in the United States in 2013 that seeks to highlight racism, discrimination, and inequality experienced by black people.