MAHNOMEN, Minn. (Valley News Live) A man who said that he was attacked by three men and set on fire in his garage in Mahnomen has told authorities that he made the story up.
According to the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Brian Smith admitted to setting fire to his vehicle causing the burns to his body.
Authorities say Smith admitted that he falsely claimed that he was attacked by three people who then tried to set him and his house on fire.
Officials say a GoFundMe page set up by Smith's family members without his knowledge has been stopped and the family is working with authorities to figure out how to return money that was donated to the account.
On social media, family members are saying Smith is seeking help for his mental health.
Once the investigation is complete, reports will be turned over to the county attorney’s offices for possible charges.