Federal indictment claims couple ripped off $1 million anti-violence fund
Monica Cannon-Grant leaves the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, March 15, 2022 © Stuart Cahill / The Boston Herald via AP
Black Lives Matter Boston leader Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband Clark Grant have been arrested for allegedly defrauding donors to their nonprofit. According to the 18-page federal indictment filed on Tuesday, the pair stole a “large sum” out of over $1 million in grants and donations to Violence in Boston.
While Cannon-Grant was released on her own recognizance and will even be permitted to continue working at the nonprofit twice a week, she is forbidden from handling the finances of the group, whose stated purpose is helping survivors of violence in the city.
Grant was arrested last October and has already been indicted on some of the charges his wife now faces, including lying on a mortgage statement, defrauding donors, and illegally collecting some $100,000 in Covid-19 unemployment benefits.
Prosecutors did not reveal the total amount they estimated was stolen, but the couple faces two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of conspiracy, one count of aiding and abetting mail fraud, one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud, one count of aiding and abetting and making false statements to a mortgage lender, one count of alleged wire/mail fraud forfeiture, and one count of alleged mortgage fraud forfeiture.