Charges filed against Louisiana woman involved in burning hoax

FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KTBS) - KTBS 3 News has confirmed that criminal charges have been filed after a Winnsboro woman set herself on fire and claimed that she was the victim of racially-motivated hate crime.

5th District Attorney Matt Lancaster tells KTBS 3 News that Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, faces two felony charges. The charges are one count of terrorizing and one count of false swearing.

An arraignment date has been set for April 23rd. If convicted, she faces hefty fines and up to 15 years in prison.

In October 2012, Moffitt was rushed to LSU Hospital in Shreveport after authorities responded to a 911 call at Civitan Park in Winnsboro.

Authorities say Moffitt alleged that she had been attacked by three men in white hoodies.

Moffitt also told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire.

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.

She also claimed they wrote racial slurs and "KKK" on her car, but authorities have determined that Moffitt wrote the slurs on her own car.

Moffitt received burns over 60% of her body, some of them third degree.

When news of Moffitt's alleged attack hit the airwaves, it wasn't long before the story was all over social media.

Initially, Facebook pages of support for Moffitt were created but as new evidence was discovered indicating that her wounds were self-inflicted, pages depicting her in a not so positive light soon surfaced.


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