A Mississippi man who claimed he was the victim of racism-fueled graffiti has been arrested because police discovered the man allegedly orchestrated a hoax.
In early February, WREG-TV reported that Southaven, Mississippi, police and the FBI were investigating after Trumaine Foster reported his vehicles had been spray-painted with racist slurs. His pickup truck had the N-word painted on it, while a car had the phrase "Leave n*****" and "Trump" painted on it.
In a turn of events, police arrested Foster last Friday, charging him with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence.
According to WREG, police did not outright say that Foster was responsible for the vandalism, but the arrest strongly suggests that the original crime of vandalism was not real.
"That it was a hoax just kind of made us look silly," one of Foster's neighbors told WREG. "That's just embarrassing. That's absolutely embarrassing."
As far as a potential motive for the crimes, WREG discovered that Foster owns a body shop that primarily specializes in painting cars.
Foster is set to appear in court Wednesday. He remained in jail through the weekend without bail, the Associated Press reported.