An Arkansas man has been arrested by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) enforcement agents for forging timber deeds.
David Mallard, 51, of the 600 block of East Pope Street, Taylor, Arkansas was arrested Wednesday and charged with five felony counts of theft of timber valued at nearly $42,000.
The arrest was the result of a two-month-long investigation in which investigators found that Mallard, who was operating as Stateline Timber Services during July through August 2012, had forged timber deeds from three Webster Parish landowners.
These fraudulent deeds were reportedly sold to a timber company in Springhill.
"We aggressively pursue timber theft complaints in an effort to protect landowners and one of the largest industries in the state," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
According to forestry investigators, Mallard was paid in full by the timber company and when the timber company began cutting these timber tracts, they were informed by owners that they had not given permission for their timber to be cut nor had they been paid.
Enforcement agents said the timber company tried to recover their money from Mallard which resulted in two additional theft charges.
Mallard was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center and released after posting a $25,000 bond.
Strain encourages anyone who is aware of this type of activity to contact LDAF at 225-925-4500.