Officials: Homeowner Staged Hate Crime For Insurance Money

KPRC-TV (Houston), Jan. 18, 2007

A homeowner burned his house down and wrote racial slurs throughout it to collect insurance money, officials told KPRC Local 2 Wednesday.

Harris County arson investigators said Samuel White has been charged with first-degree felony arson in connection with fire at a house in the 13900 block of Elm Park Court in October 2005.

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Officials said the home was scheduled for foreclosure based on non-payment of taxes, homeowner’s fees and mortgage payments.

Investigators said no hate crime occurred.

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