A former deal with for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was arrested for trashing his Georgia restaurant and making it seem he was the sufferer of a hate crime, authorities mentioned.
Edawn Louis Coughman, 31, was charged Wednesday with masterminding the Jussie Smollett-reminiscent crime at his Lawrenceville enterprise so he might gather from his insurance coverage firm and nonetheless promote the undamaged home equipment he’d claimed have been stolen.
Coughman used an yellow crow bar to make it appear to be a break-in, and black spray paint to jot down “racially-motivated phrases, swastikas, and ‘MAGA’ ” on the property, the Gwinnett County Police Division mentioned in a press launch.
Smollett, of “Empire” fame, was accused of pretending he’d been jumped in Chicago by thugs hollering, “That is MAGA nation!”
Police recovered the crow bar, spray paint and home equipment from the mattress of Coughman’s pickup truck.
Coughman was charged with false report of a criminal offense, insurance coverage fraud and concealing a license plate.