FBI Raids Home of Southern Christian Leadership Counsel Chairman; Meets with SCLC Officials Over Diversion of Funds

As reported here and here in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has had its own leadership under scrutiny by investigators. This week, three SCLC officials met in Atlanta with Federal and local authorities investigating allegations that its National Chairman and its former Treasurer allegedly mishandled hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last week, FBI agents in Dayton, Ohio, raided the home of its Chairman, Reverend Raleigh Trammell, the home of Trammell's daughter, Angela Goodwine, as well as the SCLC's Dayton office. Rev. Trammell and former national Treasurer Spiver Gordon are alleged to have diverted at least $569,000 in SCLC funds to bank accounts which they controlled and made out checks to themselves and their relatives. The SCLC's Atlanta General Counsel, Dexter Wimbush, has voluntarily and temporarily stepped down.

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Ohio and Alabama were provided information on possible mismanagement of SCLC funds.

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