Timber Theft

LaSalle Parish Man Arrested a Second Time for Timber Theft

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has resulted in a second arrest of a Jena, LA man on felony timber theft charges.  LaSalle Parish Sheriff Scott Franklin joined LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., in announcing the arrest late last week.

James Marcus Ainsworth, 39, of 254 Joiner Road, Jena, LA was arrested Thursday morning, OCT 2, 2014, by forestry investigators and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on one count of felony timber theft of more than $28,808.06.

Investigators say a complaint was filed by a Jena couple that hired Ainsworth to log their property in September and October of 2013. The landowners were promised between $30,000 and $40,000 for their timber.  The owners received less than $15,000 for the timber, investigators said.

Commissioner Strain said, “Following a thorough investigation by our agents, it was determined that Ainsworth delivered 70 loads of timber to three different mills and received more than $57,900 for timber that was cut off the property. These loads had the landowner’s name listed on the load tickets.

Ainsworth was originally arrested in September of this year by forestry agents and booked into the LaSalle Parish Jail on one count of felony timber theft of more than $10,400.

At the time, investigators say a complaint was filed by a Jena couple that hired Ainsworth to log their property in August 2013. The landowners were paid $2,600 for nine loads of timber, which was much less than they were promised.

Landowners who may have done business with Ainsworth are asked to contact the LDAF office at 225-925-4500.

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