- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2015

A Central Texas man who raised more than $6,000 online after he claimed vandals painted “Black Lives Matter” on his truck has been arrested on charges of making a false police report.

Scott Lattin, a disabled veteran, told Whitney police earlier this month that vandals were retaliating against him for the pro-police messages on his pickup truck. The story went viral, and a Lattin family relative started a GoFundMe account to help pay for repairs to the truck, a local Fox affiliate reported. Car dealers and body shops even reportedly offered to help the family, Fox reported.

But on Friday afternoon, Whitney police arrested Mr. Lattin on a misdemeanor charge of making a false police report.

“Very disturbing,” said police Chief Chris Bentley. “We have so many groups that have participated and come to Whitney, Texas, of all places to help these people — and for them to have been deceived? It’s just wrong.”

Mr. Lattin denies that he vandalized his own vehicle, telling Fox, “That’s absolutely not true. Absolutely not true.”

His arrest warrant affidavit, however, said he admitted to damaging the inside of his vehicle for insurance reasons, Fox reported.

The police chief is asking people to stop sending Mr. Lattin money and is working with the district attorney’s office to see how to handle the GoFundMe account, Fox reported.

One online post in particular bothers the chief.

“One of the social media pages said ‘My husband is an officer, I can give you $25 because that’s all I can afford.’ That just ripped at my heart,” Chief Bentley said.

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