A Texas man was arrested on March 5 for allegedly defrauding a Jasper County landowner of between US$ 20,000 and $100,000 worth of timber. The indictment alleges that the man entered into a timber harvesting agreement through his company with a Jasper county landowner in January of 2019 to harvest 314 acres of their timber. The harvest was halted by the landowner in April of 2019, after delinquent payments started occurring, and the landowner reached out to Texas A&M Forest Service law enforcement for help. Timber theft can take a variety of forms – from harvesting timber without the knowledge or consent of the landowner, to entering into a formal agreement, harvesting a landowners timber, and then not paying them the full purchase price.
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