POSTED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — A Greenwood man was arrested by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) enforcement agents and charged with three counts of timber theft Wednesday morning.
Sixty-one year old David Lubas of 7500 Waterwood Drive, Greenwood, La., was arrested and booked into the Desoto Parish jail in Mansfield and charged with three counts of felony timber theft valued at approximately $152,000.
“This arrest was the result of a six-month long investigation in which LDAF investigators found that Lubas, who was working as a consultant forester for a Desoto Parish landowner in 2009, failed to give load tickets for timber harvested off the property to the landowner. This resulted in the landowner being shorted approximately $68,000.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said, “We urge all landowners to be vigilant when it comes to who is on their property and any ongoing activity, especially when it comes to timber harvesting.”
In addition, Lubas allegedly had a logging contractor issue him four checks between 2010 and 2011 claiming the money was his commission for services rendered to the landowner. Lubas received nearly $84,000 from these payments. Lubas reportedly collected a 40 percent commission instead of the standard 10 percent commission that was originally agreed upon with the landowner.
After receiving the 40 percent commission fee from the logging contractor, investigators say Lubas presented his bill for services to the landowner and was paid an additional 10 percent.