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Citigroup manager terminated after linked to QAnon website, reports say

Citigroup manager terminated after linked to QAnon website
Posted at 1:50 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 16:52:18-04

Citigroup has terminated a manager following an investigation into his role operating a prominent website dedicated to QAnon conspiracy theory, according to Bloomberg.

Jason Gelinas was placed on paid leave in mid-September after he was identified by Logically.ai as the operator of QMap.pub and it’s affiliated apps.

“Mr. Gelinas is no longer employed by Citi,” the company said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Our code of conduct includes specific policies that employees are required to adhere to, and when breaches are identified, the firm takes action.”

Gelinas was a manager in Citigroup;s technology department. The company says employees have to disclose outside business activity where they receive compensation.

Gelinas was reportedly earning about $3,000 a month from a crowdfunding site supporting the QAnon site he ran. He says the money helped cover the monthly operating costs.

QMap once drew a reported 10 million visitors a month over the summer. Once Gelinas was identified, the site was taken down.

QAnon began a few years ago as a single conspiracy theory. It has grown in both followers and beliefs since then.

The main conspiracy claims dozens of politicians and A-list celebrities work with governments around the world to engage in child sex abuse. Followers also believe there is a “deep state” effort to kill President Donald Trump.

Shared conspiracies of the group now include baseless theories on mass shootings and elections.