Ninth Timber Theft Charge Filed Against Ainsworth
Another felony timber theft charge was filed on May 22, 2015 against James Marcus Ainsworth, 39, of Jena, LA. This brings the total number of charges to nine against Ainsworth, who is being held in the LaSalle parish Jail under a $1-million bond. Ainsworth
All of the charges against Ainsworth have been filed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry after investigations began in September of 2014. “Prior to the most recent arrest, Ainsworth is accused of stealing approximately $100,000 worth of timber from landowners,” officials from LDAF said.
The newest charge involves a Nebo landowner who hired Ainsworth to cut timber in May and June of 2014. Ainsworth cut timber from 24 acres, but the landowner never received payment from Ainsworth. Ainsworth reportedly showed scale tickets and checks totaling $30,000 to the landowner, and told him that he would receive $12,000, according to LDAF. But Ainsworth never provided the landowner with scale tickets specific to the harvest from his property. “Forestry investigators went to mills and wood dealers and recovered records showing Ainsworth cut 45 loads of timber, valued at $41,234.13, but the landowner only received $3, 400,” officials said.
Ainsworth has been in the LaSalle Parish Jail since he was returned to the parish in late April after an attempt to escape to Alaska, where Ainsworth turned himself in to authorities. LaSalle deputies traveled to Alaska and brought Ainsworth back. The Sheriff’s Office also charged Ainsworth with theft greater than $750.
Ainsworth is now facing seven charges in LaSalle Parish and two in Catahoula Parish. He was initially arrested on September 2014, then on October 2, and 31, November 24, and December 19, 2014.
Officials with LDAF are still asking anyone who might have done business with Ainsworth to call them at 225-925-4500.