Authorities Looking for Man who Faked Hate Crime to Collect Insurance
ABC13 Eyewitness News (Houston), Mar. 5
Harris County arson investigators say they’re looking for a man who collected thousands of dollars after faking a hate crime.
Nicholas Gatlin was sentenced to ten years in prison for spraying hate graffiti on a co-worker’s house and burning it down. Investigators say Gatlin and James Green spray painted racial slurs on each other’s homes then burned them to collect insurance money.
Green walked away with $450,000 and now he’s disappeared. Former neighbor Pam Hammers helped Green and his family find shelter after the fire.
“It just blows me away, that after all we helped them,” said Hammers. “This just cant be real.”
Two warrants have been issued for Green’s arrest. When an Eyewitness News crew went to his current home, the woman who came to the door refused to answer our questions.