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Woman charged for hate crime hoax

Do any of these ever turn out to be a non-hoax?

20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt set herself on fire and claimed she had been attacked by the Ku Klux Klan.

From KSLA…

20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt was rushed to the Regional Burn Center at LSU Hospital back on October 21, after a 911 call brought police to Civitan Park.

In the call, police say Moffitt reported that she had been attacked by three men in white hoodies. State police also later confirmed that “KKK” had been smeared on the hood of Moffitt’s car in a paste-like substance, with a racial slur underneath.

Moffitt allegedly told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a nearby spigot before a police officer arrived.

Word of the horrific attack spread quickly on social media, with speculation swirling that it was a hate crime that prompted the NAACP to call for a thorough investigation of the incident.

Two days later, Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas revealed that their investigation had linked Moffitt’s fingerprints to a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid found at the scene.

“The investigation (of) Ms Moffitt has revealed that this was not an attack but a self-inflicted incident that happened to her,” said Chief Thomas.

Shortly after that announcement, Moffitt’s family released a statement, saying, “While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.