FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2013
Arrest Focuses Spotlight on SC Timber Laws
(Columbia, SC)- South Carolina Forestry Commission investigators have arrested a North Carolina man on two different charges relating to a timber deal in which the victim was underpaid.
Tim Gosnell, 40, of Rutherford, NC, failed to pay a Cherokee Co., SC landowner within 45 days for timber cut on his land. Mr. Gosnell was also cited for failing to provide proper documentation from the mill (proper scale ticket information) for the timber he harvested and transported for the landowner.
After partial payment of $1,000 (a fraction of what is owed, documents show), the victim sent a certified letter to Mr. Gosnell demanding the remainder. SCFC law enforcement personnel became involved soon thereafter.
Mr. Gosnell is out on bond. Investigators say additional charges are possible and the South Carolina Forestry Commission is urging landowners who may have complaints against Mr. Gosnell to contact them at (803) 896-8838.
Because forest-related industries have a $17 billion annual impact on our state's economy and because 88 percent of the forestland in SC is privately owned, SCFC actively enforces timber laws and aggressively investigates criminal complaints.
While the vast majority of timber harvesting companies are reputable and these crimes are not the norm, landowners are reminded that their timber is valuable. Before any sale or contract, landowners should contact the Commission or contact a consulting forester to begin the process of having their woodlands evaluated. Landowners should never take unsolicited first offers for their timber.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SCOTT HAWKINS @ 803-360-2231 or (803) 896-8820
For reference, SC Code of Laws: 48-23-265 (45 day law) and 48-23-97 (wood load tickets)
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