Miss. man arrested on timber theft charges in La.
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.