South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

February 11, 2008


Joe Ouzts(Columbia, SC) Joe Calvin Ouzts, Jr., a familiar face to South Carolina Forestry Commission law enforcement officers, has been arrested again on charges of failing to pay for timber he harvested from victims’ land.  Ouzts faces one count of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent for failing to pay for timber cut from land in Richland County.  Under South Carolina law, a timber cutter has 45 days to pay the landowner the agreed-upon amount.  In this case, the amount owed the landowner was $2,900.00.  Ouzts paid only $700.00 of that, according to SCFC investigators.

Ouzts has been arrested numerous times in the past on similar complaints.


For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820

Legal Reference:

            SC Code 16-13-0230   Breach of trust


This release reports an arrest.  All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.



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