Fake gay-hate: Owner of bar admits he torched it and painted gay slurs to commit insurance fraud

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Frank Elliot 2Anti-gay hate crimes are terrible but so is faking them to commit insurance fraud.

In 2012, a Chicago area bar owner, Frank Elliott, reported that his bar, The Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge in Oak Park, had been targeted, the walls of the business painted with gay slurs and the building set on fire all because he had a gay customer base.

Now Elliott has pleaded guilty to starting the fire himself as part of a scheme to collect the insurance money.

On Monday, he was sentenced to 2 years probation,  fined $1,179, and ordered to pay $107,000 restitution, ABC Chicago reported.

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