A former candidate for a Lubbock school board seat has been indicted in connection with an insurance fraud investigation by Lubbock police.

Amanda Lee Banks, 51, is charged with a state jail felony count of insurance fraud between $2,500 to $30,000. The offense carries a punishment of six months to two years in jail.

The charge stems from what a Lubbock police detective believes were fraudulent insurance claims Banks filed in connection with an August 2016 burglary at her home in the 2700 block of 87th Street, according to an arrest warrant.

The detective believes Banks staged a break-in at her home on Aug. 7, 2016, in the 2700 block of 87th Street and lied about stolen jewelry, clothes and vandalism that included racial slurs etched into her furniture.

Banks initially told police she spent the night at a local hotel to celebrate a relative’s birthday. She said she returned home to find her home was burglarized. She reportedly listed two rings as stolen in the burglary, one worth $1,100 and another worth $2,200. She said the thieves also took $8,000 worth of clothes from her.

QBE Insurance paid her about $18,000 for the loss of her clothing and jewelry. About $7,900 of the payout was confirmed fraudulent, according to an arrest warrant.

However, it was the vandalism that made a Lubbock police detective suspicious of the burglary.

The detective, a 14-year police veteran who has investigated home burglaries for more than five years, characterized the burglary as unusual because the intruders not only stole from Banks, but also vandalized her furniture by carving racial slurs into them, including “#WLM,” which the detective believed meant “White Lives Matter.”

“It is very typical for home burglars to go inside a residence for a short period of time and then flee the scene,” the detective wrote. “... Burglars don’t spend extended periods of time inside a home vandalizing the residence and also stealing items. I believe the specific racial slurs and amount of time spend inside vandalizing was atypical of any residential burglary I have ever investigated.”

Investigators found no evidence that the intruders forced their way into Bank’s home and aside from the kitchen, which was ransacked, the house seemed tidy. Only the furniture in the home was defaced and the walls were left alone.

Investigators found a framed photo of the 1968 Olympics Human Rights Salute by black athletes lying on the floor. The detective believed the photo was taken off a wall and placed on the floor.

“Due to the numerous racial slurs written all over the home, it is reasonable to believe the suspects would have damaged the black power photo,” the detective wrote.

While Banks' clothes were reportedly stolen, two televisions in the house were not stolen or damaged. The detective noted clothes aren’t a common target for home burglars.

The racial vandalism also caught interest from the Department of Public Safety, the warrant states.

Banks was unable provide police with a suspect and said she didn’t know anyone with motive to break into her home and vandalize it. However, she suggested to the detective that her involvement with the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood organization might have something to do with the burglary. She also mentioned tension at her workplace because of her race, but did not identify a particular coworker with whom she had issues, the warrant states.

Banks reportedly produced receipts for the stolen clothes in the August 2016 burglary that showed they were bought in 2012 and 2013 at a store in San Marcos. However, store employees told police the receipts were fake.

Seven months after the August 2016 burglary, Banks reportedly filed a claim for more stolen clothes worth about $11,000. The insurance company denied her claim and began its own fraud investigation, the warrant states.

Banks, who is out on bond, was arrested four days before the May 5 election where she ran against Beth Bridges and Art Martin for the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees in an at-large position. Bridges was elected with about 44 percent of the votes cast. Banks and Martin each garnered about 28 percent of the votes cast.