Warrant: Racially-motivated vandalism, burglary 'made up' by school board candidate for insurance money

Published: May. 1, 2018 at 6:56 PM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2018 at 7:27 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Amanda Banks, a candidate for an At-Large seat on the LISD School Board, has been charged with insurance fraud, accused of submitting false receipts and staging a burglary where her furniture was defaced with racial slurs.

Banks turned herself into police today after learning she had a felony warrant out for her arrest on a charge of insurance fraud from $2,500 to $30,000. She was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on Tuesday, just four days before the election. She has been released from jail on a $15,000 bond.

According to the warrant, Banks reported being the victim of seven property crimes since 2009 and has filed 21 insurance claims between September 2008 and August 2016. Some of the claims were submitted on the same date but appeared to be separate claims, according to one investigator in the case.

The warrant says she made an insurance claim seven months after an alleged burglary in August 2016. She claimed $11,553.51 in high-end clothing was stolen during the burglary. The claim was denied "based on fraudulent receipts." Also, the investigator noted the items in that claim had already been paid by the insurance company to Banks after the initial claim was made in August 2016. The investigator reported the receipts used in the claim didn't come from the store where the clothes were allegedly purchased from.

According to a police report filed August 7, 2016, Banks told police when she returned to her home in the 2700 block of 87th Street, just after 10 a.m., she noticed trash on her kitchen floor that wasn't there before she left. She told officers when she saw that, she ran out of her house and called the police.

When police entered her home, no one was there. She told police when she got home, her door was also unlocked. She said she did not stay in the home the night before.

While walking through her house with police, she told officers her jewelry box, with all of her jewelry inside, was missing. There was also damage to an armoire, kitchen cabinets, hardwood floors, coffee table, dresser, bed frame and her vehicle which was in the garage.

The damage listed in the warrant included racial slurs and vandalism. The slurs were carved into the furniture and her vehicle and spray painted on other objects.

The warrant says Banks filed a personal property insurance claim for $13,514.63 for clothing and approximately $4,836 for jewelry - a grand total of $18,351.62. The warrant says the confirmed fraudulent total is $7,972.63. That does not include the more than $11,000 claim which was denied by the insurance company.

The warrant says detectives believe the residential burglary at Banks' house in August 2016 was not genuine and she either damaged her home herself or hired someone to damage her home for her to financially benefit. The investigator says the clothing, jewelry and electronics were never stolen since the burglary was not genuine to begin with.

The report says the spray paint was confined to furniture and objects, items that could be replaced. There was no spray paint on the walls of the home.

Banks has a Ph.D. in counselor's education, was an academic advisor for Texas Tech Athletics, and adjunct professor for TTU college of education and an LISD college advisor.

According to Texas Tech Athletics, "Amanda Banks was a member of the Texas Tech track and field team from 1987-90 and was one of the most dominant women's triple jumpers in the Southwest Conference. She won the 1988 and 1989 SWC triple jump titles and still owns the four longest indoor and three longest outdoor jumps in school history. She earned indoor and outdoor All-American recognition as a senior, highlighted by a second-place finish in the 1989 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her outdoor school record jump of 42-11 3/4 is almost two feet longer than any other jump in Texas Tech history. Following her impressive collegiate career, Banks, a native of El Paso, Texas, jumped professionally for 10 years, rising as high as high as No. 4 nationally. She was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 2004. Banks was the first Lady Raider track and field student-athlete to enter the Texas Tech Hall of Fame, the highest honor for former athletes."

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