Burned Woman: Attack A Hoax

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:10pm

Investigators say woman who reported racially based attack fabricated claims and set herself on fire.

Louisiana police say a woman's report that she was set on fire by a group of men in a hate-crime attack was a hoax.

Investigators say forensic evidence collected from a Winnsboro park shows that Sharmeka Moffitt painted racist graffiti on her car, then set herself on fire before calling police.

Officers arrived just minutes after her 911 call was placed, but saw no sign of Moffitt's alleged attackers.

She was taken to a Shreveport hospital, where she is still being treated for severe burns covering more than 60 percent of her body.

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