Monica Cannon-Grant was released on personal recognizance today on charges she defrauded Violence in Boston, and was allowed to keep working for the group, but was ordered to stay away from its funds.
At her initial hearing in US District Court in Boston this afternoon, Magistrate Judge Judith Dein also ordered Cannon-Grant not to apply for any sort of unemployment payments or to apply for any loans or grants for the group, which she started in 2017.
Cannon-Grant was arrested this morning on an 18-count indictment charging two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of conspiracy, 13 counts of wire fraud, count of making false statements to a mortgage lending business and one count of mail fraud. Her husband, who was initially charged with some of the counts in October, was named in the new indictment, but did not have to appear in court today. Broadly speakings, the couple was charged with treating Violence in Boston funds as their own, using money meant for charity work to pay for rent, trips and other personal expenses - even as Cannon-Grant said she was working for free.
At her hearing today, assistant US Attorney Adam Deitch initially asked that Cannon-Grant be prohibited from any involvement in Violence in Boston pending the outcome of her case, saying that other board directors and administrators at the group could take on her responsibilities. Her attorney, William Connolly, however, asked that she be allowed to continue her work there running its twice-weekly food pantry in Hyde Park and some other tasks, just not with the ability to access funds. Dein agreed.