BLM radical requests unemployment benefits amid federal fraud case involving Boston charity

Black Lives Matter antagonist Monica Cannon-Grant went from being the darling of Boston in 2020 to being charged with fraud after her non-profit was shuttered and she now has the gall to request unemployment benefits.

Cannon-Grant, 41, and her husband, Clark Grant, 38, are being charged with embezzlement after blowing thousands in donations on dinners, vacations, and nail salon trips allegedly funded by her now-defunct charity “Violence in Boston.” But that isn’t stopping her from the ballsy move of applying for unemployment benefits.

The couple was federally indicted in March for reportedly soliciting millions of dollars in donations following the 2020 killing of George Floyd and then using the money for personal gain.

But wait, there’s more fashionable criminal activity involved here. They also illegally collected an estimated $100,000 in pandemic unemployment benefits and then allegeldy lied on a mortgage application.

In her first court appearance on the 18-count indictment in March, Cannon-Grant’s conditions for release included that she “not apply for, or facilitate the application for, any unemployment benefits unless approved by the Court,” according to the Boston Herald. That’s evidently exactly what she is doing now in an apparent direct violation of her release.

Cannon-Grant’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, filed a motion on Wednesday requesting to amend the terms of the release, contending that she “is currently unemployed and would like to apply for unemployment benefits.”

“The government does not object to the defendant’s application for unemployment benefits so long as any such application is done in accordance with the law,” Goldstein wrote in the filing, confirming that federal prosecutors unbelievably have no issue with the unemployment benefits.

Cannon-Grant and her husband founded the non-profit “Violence in Boston” in 2017. Boston drooled over the charity at the height of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2020 awarding Cannon-Grant “Bostonian of the Year” by the Boston Globe.

Following the death of Floyd, donations rolled into her non-profit. The couple did not divulge the use of donations for themselves to the organization’s directors, bookkeepers, or financial auditors, according to prosecutors.

The husband and wife were arrested in March at their $450,000 Taunton residence that was purchased in 2021. They have since been released on their own recognizance.

Both were charged with two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of conspiracy, 13 counts of wire fraud, and one count of making false statements to a mortgage lending business. Cannon-Grant was also charged with one count of mail fraud. The couple pleaded not guilty on all counts.

According to prosecutors, Cannon-Grant was paying herself $2,788 a week in October 2020 despite making public statements asserting she received no salary for her nonprofit work.

The indictment contends the charity received a $10,400 donation from an unidentified department store to be used to feed hungry children, but Cannon-Grant instead laundered those funds through a church to use to pay her back rent.

She is also accused of embezzling a $10,000 grant from the Suffolk District Attorney’s office when Rachael Rollins was in charge. Rollins now serves as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, which is the prosecutorial agency handling the fraud charges against Cannon-Grant and her husband.

Cannon-Grant was fired by the board of directors from the charity she founded in July before the non-profit was dissolved.

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