The truck was also scratched and damaged, the family told KDFW.
The attention the family received proved critical to the case, according to the town’s police chief. That’s because officers had videos and interviews from their own investigation into the matter, and they noticed some discrepancies.
“The damage didn’t look the same,” Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley told The Post. “The story wasn’t quite the same.”
More specifically, here’s what the Fox affiliate reported:
Bentley said when they took the report there was no damage to the inside of the truck. But when FOX4 showed up, Lattin showed that the glove box was ripped off and the seats slashed.
That raised some questions. And on Friday, Lattin was arrested at his home in Whitney, police said in a Facebook post. He was accused of providing a false report to police.
When asked whether authorities believed any part of the vandalism story was true, Bentley responded: “No.”
Lattin’s wife, Cinderella “Cindy” Lattin, and son Jason were also taken into custody on false report charges, Whitney police wrote on Facebook. All three have posted bond, according to the Hill County jail.
Scott Lattin denied the allegation, telling the Fox affiliate it was “absolutely not true.”
Authorities were working to make sure all the money collected for the family was returned. Bentley said that includes donations from an online fundraising campaign, which totaled about $5,500.
“The subject matter to them wasn’t really important,” Bentley said, when asked about the causes used in the alleged scheme. “There was no significance for them at all. This was just a way for them to make insurance money.”