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Executive director of fundraising arm of People’s Convoy has criminal history

AFCLF’s Pamela Milacek has active warrants out for her arrest in Texas

Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves

As U.S. truckers continue their cross-country journey, dubbed the People’s Convoy, to Washington to protest government mandates regarding COVID-19, an executive with the American Foundation for Civil Liberties and Freedoms (AFCLF), an organization that is collecting funds on the truckers’ behalf, has a criminal past in Texas.

On its website, the AFCLF, a conservative fundraising organization, has raised over $1.6 million for the People’s Convoy.

Pamela Milacek, executive director of the AFCLF, has active warrants out for her arrest for probation violations related to her pleading guilty in two cases involving fraud and exploitation of an elderly person, Matthew Hawkins, the criminal deputy district clerk for Collin County District Clerk’s Office, told FreightWaves on Friday.

“Just to note though, since she received deferred adjudication, she has not actually been convicted at this time,” Hawkins said.

In Texas, deferred adjudication is a special form of judge-ordered probation that permits a defendant to accept responsibility for a crime without an actual conviction being placed on his or her record.

Pamela Milacek, executive director of the AFCLF.

In one case, Milacek pleaded guilty to using a victim’s Social Security number, name and driver’s license number to apply for a PayPal credit card. In a second instance, she pleaded guilty to exploiting an elderly person by illegally or improperly withdrawing funds amounting to nearly $15,000 without the victim’s consent in Collin County, Texas, in September 2020.


According to court documents, Judge Webb Biard placed Milacek on deferred adjudication relating to both cases. However, the judge authorized the warrants in October after she failed to pay court costs, report to her probation officer or participate and complete an anti-theft program within nine months after the plea agreements were reached. 

She has been on the lam since.

Milacek told FreightWaves she handles the “back end of the convoy” and disperses funds to the truckers based on the People’s Convoy organizers’ needs.

“They [truckers] tell us what they need [funds] for, whether it’s expenses or fuel or for security,” Milacek said. “The organizers send that information over here with the invoice and then we take care of making sure that if it’s an individual vendor they get paid for it, or if it’s reimbursement for expenses that the truckers have directly, then we’ll reimburse them. They are in charge of kind of directing how that works. We are just handling it on the back end.”

She did not want to discuss her criminal past. 

“I thought you wanted to talk about the donations,” Milacek told FreightWaves.

Since FreightWaves spoke with Milacek, along with the organization’s founder, Christopher Marston, late Thursday, the group that is bankrolling the People’s Convoy is asking that checks be sent to Marston’s home address in Topanga, California, instead of its P.O. box at the Mail Chute in Tulsa.

Prior to the convoy’s launch nearly 11 days ago, organizers reversed their initial plan not to take donations. Marston and one of the People’s Convoy organizers Marcus Summers told FreightWaves they don’t have a plan yet on how the $1.6 million in funds collected will be dispersed to participants.

Marston, who is the CEO of a six office law firm, headquartered in Massachusetts, compared handling the convoy’s funds to “expense whack-a-mole” and said there’s “no policy handbook set up” for how the money will be shared among the truckers.

“We’ve pulled a lot of resources to get fuel donated, also got a ton of cash donations, which were used to help pay for fuel on the spot,” Marston told FreightWaves. “Now we’re getting to the point where it needs to be done by wire [transfer] from funds. We have full transparency and a ledger is updated and truckers are on the finance committee and can see what the expenses are needed and the reimbursements on the ground.”

He said the truckers’ fight isn’t over once they reach the D.C. Beltway.

“These truckers are not on the road just to do a rah-rah convoy,” Marston told FreightWaves. “They’re on the road to get real action and demand accountability from our government.”

Truckers are set to arrive in Hagerstown, Maryland, Friday night, but one of the People’s Convoy organizers says the group’s efforts aren’t over once the convoy arrives.

“I’m not in a position to talk about any of that just yet,” Summers, a 34-year trucking veteran from Millersburg, Ohio, told FreightWaves. “We just have to see how this all will end. So hopefully we’ll get our demands met. And I mean, that’s what we’re expected to do. We’re prepared to sit tight till our demands are met — hold the line till our demands are met.”

This is a developing story.

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16 Comments

  1. Mike Williams

    God bless the truckers and all the people with them. The politicians in this country are out of control. It’s time to reform the politicians, with term limits and salary caps. Every politician that violates his oath of office be tried for treason. Weres Jesus were Harry Truman.

  2. Burt

    Crooks and creeps always seek to profit off others.
    Demand an open accounting of funds.
    Simply new American Oligarchy wanna be’s.
    SAD.

  3. Ted Wright

    So what!! Jean Lafitte was a well known pirate and help to defeat the lobsterbacks. I don’t care if you’re the incarnate of Ghengis Kahn; if you’re helping me to put tyrants on notice I’ll accept and gladly.

  4. Ted Wright

    So what! There are so many overlapping laws in this country you are breaking some kind of law just breathing. How about 10 million more votes than registered voters. Or being listed as sex offended because you had to pee. You can be accused of anything and if you don’t have deep pockets you will be convicted. Funny how Marxist sympathizers ignore Democrat criminal past going as far as stating it doesn’t matter. Buy the other way around they behave just like Prince John and Sir Guy of Gisbon.

  5. LostViking

    So Freightwaves has become a part of the media snipers. You can tell she was set up by the interviewer and they hunted down a lowely clerk to get what is frivolous information.

    Even freightwaves is part of the problem…

  6. Pete Distenfeld

    Our current President’s son is under investigation for multiple items, along with the speaker of the house’s son, will you be writing in-depth about them too?

  7. Charles

    🤡 the biden administration and Democrats are trying their hardest to shut down the freedom convoy !! Pelosi and her group of thugs already put up a 7-ft fence with razor wire around the Capitol building and called in the national guard to protect the politicians from the people !! 🤡 100% clown show in Washington DC , hosted by the Democrats 🤡

    1. Thompson

      It’s sad that a fence around the Capitol is necessary. That’s what happens when radicalization takes hold.
      As far as this convoy goes, putting someone with a history of financial fraud in charge of receiving and distributing the funds is a special kind of stupid. Hope no one participating is holding their breath waiting to see any of this money.

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Clarissa Hawes

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 14 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Before joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and Trucks.com. If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to [email protected]