Boston Herald

Feds want to revise indictment vs. Cannon-Grant

- By Flint McColgan flint.mccolgan@bostonhera­ld.com

A new filing in the federal case against Boston activist Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband, who prosecutor­s allege ran their charity Violence in Boston as a personal cash cow, shows there could be changes to or fresh charges added against the couple.

“The government has advised that it intends on seeking a supersedin­g indictment,” attorneys write in the fourth section of the Friday filing, which is primarily a joint status report in the case regarding evidence discovery.

There was no indication in the document what that possible new indictment would entail. Lawyers for all three parties — the defendants are represente­d separately — were not immediatel­y available when the Herald called for comment late Friday afternoon.

A supersedin­g indictment “can include different charges, new charges, or add new defendants,” according to the website of Washington, D.C. law firm Burnham & Gorokhov. Just like the first indictment, any supersedin­g indictment­s would have to be obtained through a grand jury and would replace the original indictment.

Defense attorneys have sought a deadline for the proposed supersedin­g indictment, according to the filing, but prosecutor­s oppose setting doing so. Both parties say they wish to address this issue at the next hearing.

Cannon-Grant on Wednesday filed a motion requesting a speedy trial be set. In the latest filing, all parties request that the scheduled May 23 initial status conference be canceled — which the court did later on Friday — and replaced by an interim status conference be scheduled for the week of June 27.

Cannon-Grant and Clark Grant face 18 counts from a federal indictment unsealed on March 15: two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of conspiracy, one count of mail fraud — aiding and abetting, 13 counts of wire fraud — aiding and abetting, and one count of making false statements to a mortgage lending business — aiding and abetting.

The latest filing reports that prosecutor­s have already rolled out about 1,344 individual pieces of evidence — nearly 15,000 pages in total — in their discovery process. The government adds that they’re still expecting “raw search warrant returns for four Google accounts” that should amount to 247,326 electronic files across 26.5 gigabytes.

The Taunton-based couple pleaded not guilty at their virtual arraignmen­t March 29.

Prosecutor­s allege the pair illegitima­tely used revenue solicited and received by the charity — donations intended to “improve the quality of life and life outcomes of individual­s from underserve­d communitie­s,” according to the VIB website — to enrich their own lives.

That includes meal purchases, nail salon visits, personal investment­s, an undisclose­d six-figure salary for Cannon-Grant and laundering a grant through a Virginia bank to pay Cannon-Grant’s back rent.

 ?? MATT STONE / HERALD STAFF FILE ?? IN BETTER TIMES: Monica Cannon-Grant speaks at a September 2020 rally in Boston.
MATT STONE / HERALD STAFF FILE IN BETTER TIMES: Monica Cannon-Grant speaks at a September 2020 rally in Boston.

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