September 16, 2019
Former NFL player Edawn Louis Coughman allegedly pulled a “Smollett” by faking a hate crime against his own business in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Whereas Smollett allegedly faked his hate crime to get a higher paycheck, Coughman allegedly faked his hate crime to cash in on the insurance money.
Authorities said officers were called to the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery on Duluth Highway on Wednesday to a report of burglary in progress.
Officers later went into the business and found graffiti including “racially-motivated” words, swastikas and “MAGA” spray-painted on the walls, among other damage.
[…] Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes was at the Create and Bake and Coughman’s Creamery Friday, where she could still see the vandalism through the window. Flat-screen televisions were ripped off the walls and offensive slurs were still spray-painted on the walls.
[…] Pihera said a shopping plaza maintenance worker saw someone burglarizing the restaurant around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and called police. Some officers were already in the area and spotted a black truck without a license plate on it.
[…] Police pulled the truck over thinking it could be a possible burglary suspect. Coughman was driving.
[…] When police searched the back of Coughman’s truck, they found several flat-screen TVs that looked a little suspicious.
“The brackets were still attached and there was still drywall attached to the brackets, meaning, someone took them off very quickly,” Pihera said.
[…] Police learned he’d already contacted his insurance company.
“He had reported this incident to his insurance company prior to officers conducting that first pull-over,” Pihera said. “He was attempting to leave that shopping center when our officers conducted that felony stop. Everything lined up for this perfect arrest.”
Coughman is “facing three charges including insurance fraud, making a false report and a tag violation for taking his plate off,” WSBTV reports.
This article was posted: Monday, September 16, 2019 at 5:21 am