Kentucky Man Faces Prison Time For An Illegal Timber Scheme
Cheyenne Allen, of Salyersville, Kentucky is facing 10 months in prison for an illegal timber scheme where he stole timber from someone’s private land. In Indiana, timber can only be harvested by the landowner or by a licensed timber buyer who has purchased the timber. In 2011, Allen saw an opportunity near Logansport to take advantage of an unsuspecting landowner and defraud him of almost $85,000 in high-quality timber. Deceptively posing as the new owner of nearly 20-acres of land, Allen organized a crew to harvest the timber and marketed the logs to saw mills – all without actually being the landowner. Harvested logs were sold to companies in Indiana and Kentucky. Products from these trees eventually made it as far as Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, Portugal, Austria and other international forest product buyers. http://www.fws/gov
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