A former NFL player is being charged for a racial hoax that police say he perpetrated on his own business in order to file a bogus insurance claim, and blame Trump supporters.
Georgia police responded to a report of a robbery on Wednesday at the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman's Creamery, owned by Edawn Coughman.
Police who were in the area pulled over a black truck that had the license plate obscured, thinking it might be involved in the robbery.
It turned out to be Coughman.
In his truck, they discovered televisions that looked like they had been pulled out of walls, and became suspicious.
"The brackets were still attached and there was still drywall attached to the brackets, meaning, someone took them off very quickly," said Cpl. Michele Pihera.
When police went to the restaurant, they found signs of a burglary and racial slurs spray-painted inside the business, as well as "MAGA," which refers to the Trump campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."
Police also say that Coughman had spray-paint on his hands, and that the paint on the racial slurs in his restaurant was still fresh when they got there.
"He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over," Pihera explained.
"He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest," she added.
He was charged with insurance fraud, for tampering with his license plate, and for making a false report.
Coughman was released on bond, but police say he may face additional charges.
Here's a local news report about the race hoax:
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