FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2008
FORESTRY COMMISSION “REPEAT OFFENDER” CHARGED IN ANOTHER TIMBER CRIME
(Columbia,SC)–Law enforcement officers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission have charged a Conway man with obtaining valuable timber under false pretenses. Billy Wayne Hucks, 61, approached a victim about buying timber Hucks claimed to have once belonged to a third party. Hucks presented the victim with a forged contract indicating the legal sale of the wood to Hucks, giving him the right to sell it to the victim. The victim bought the timber for $4,200.00 from Hucks assuming that Hucks was then the rightful owner. The third party has come forward denying ownership of the land the timber originated from. Furthermore, the third party claims his name was misspelled as well as forged on the documents.
Hucks faces one charge of obtaining property by false pretenses: SC Code of Laws section 16-13-240(2). Unfortunately, Hucks is no stranger to SCFC law enforcement officers. He plead guilty in one of the state’s biggest logging –related fraud cases of all time, one that involved $100,000.00 of timber.
For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820