Former NFL player Edawn Coughman is facing criminal charges after he allegedly destroyed his business and staged it to look like a hate crime burglary, police said.
According to reports, he damaged property in his business based in Atlanta and painted racial slurs across the business.
“It appears as though Edawn conjured a premeditated plan to damage his own property, attempt to make it appear as a hate crime, file a claim with his insurance company and sell off the undamaged appliances and electronics,” Gwinnett County police said in a statement.
According to photos from the police department, a swastika and “MAGA” were spray-painted in different parts of the Create and Bake Restaurant and Coughman’s Creamery.
Coughman, 31, has been charged with false report of a crime, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate. He has since been released from jail on bond. Coughman has not yet publicly addressed the allegations against him.