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Investigators took photos as Bolden picked up the packages from a FedEx driver, then put them in the back of his Honda Accord. Days later, agents saw four of the same laptops on sale in a Craigslist online ad that they traced through a phone number back to Bolden.

In another transaction involving 30 Dell computers and monitors, investigators tracked the equipment to the “Charter School of Edu,” another entity tied to Bolden.

Over months, investigators unraveled more and more purported nonprofits, tracing them one after another back to Bolden. Another entity, Thomas Jefferson Academy of Learning Arts, received more than a half-million dollars in computer equipment. It was based at a different storage unit facility.