- Edwan Coughman, 31, was arrested on September 12 for allegedly wrecking two of his businesses to stage a hate crime and receive insurance money
- Authorities responded to a burglary at Coughman’s businesses in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on Wednesday around 9.30pm
- The inside of the restaurants had racial slurs written in fresh black spray paint and TVs were stolen
- Authorities found Coughman in an unlicensed car with suggestive evidence, including spray paint cans
- Coughman was charged with false report of a crime, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate
A former NFL player was arrested by police for allegedly wrecking two of his own businesses to stage a fake hate crime and be eligible to receive insurance money.
Authorities from the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia responded to a ‘burglary in progress’ call around 9.30pm on Wednesday when a witness reported a man damaging businesses.
The two businesses, Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery, belonged to former NFL player and local business owner Edwan Coughman.
Inside the businesses, officers found ‘monkey’, the n-word, ‘MAGA’ and swastikas scrawled on the walls in fresh black spray paint.
‘The smell of spray paint was very fresh. When officers touched it, the paint appeared wet,’ a news release from police said.
The cushions were reportedly sliced open, mirrors were broken, wires were cut, TVs were missing and the surveillance system was broken.