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Miss. man arrested on timber theft charges in La.

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago August 22, 2013 Aug 22, 2013 Thursday, August 22 2013 August 22, 2013 12:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says a Mississippi man is accused of stealing $14,500 worth of timber from a 76-year-old landowner in Washington Parish.

The agency says 66-year-old Eugene Matthews of Tylertown was booked Aug. 9 in Washington Parish on charges of exploitation of the infirmed and theft of $14,500 worth of timber.

He is free on $25,000 bond.

The agency says in a news release that the landowner hired Matthews a year ago to harvest 30 acres of timber, and learned later that he had not been paid for it all. The agency says a four-month investigation brought Matthews' arrest.

Matthews does not have a listed phone number in Tylertown and could not be reached for comment. It was not clear whether he has an attorney.

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