Hartsville store owner’s insurance fraud trial goes to jury
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A jury is getting ready to decide the fate of a Hartsville store owner accused of faking an assault and setting fire to her own store to get insurance money.
The Morning News of Florence reports closing arguments wrapped up Saturday in 47-year-old Claudette Hulsey’s trial.
Hulsey told police two men broke into her children’s clothing store in Hartsville in January 2011, choked her unconscious and sexually assaulted her before setting the store on fire.
But several law enforcement officers have testified during the weeklong trial in Darlington County that Hulsey’s story changed several times and doesn’t make sense.
Hulsey is charged with insurance fraud, third-degree arson and a false police report. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.