FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008
FORGED SIGNATURES LEAD TO TIMBER FRAUD ARREST
(Columbia,SC)–After a thorough investigation, officers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission have arrested and charged a Fort Mill man with multiple felony crimes resulting from a timber harvest and sale.
Reginald Leggette, 42, entered into a contract with a buyer to sell wood on his property and four other parcels not owned by him. Investigators determined he forged signatures of other landowners to present himself as having limited power of attorney which would permit him to enter into an agreement with a timber harvester. In one case, witnesses claim, the landowner in question was deceased before the date he supposedly signed the document permitting the harvest on his land. Additionally, the property Leggette claimed to own himself did not, in fact, belong to him any longer.
The illegal harvests were made in late 2007 and early 2008 in York County.
SC Code of Laws:
16-11-0580 Cutting, removing, or transporting timber w/o permission
16-13-0240 Obtaining a signature under false pretenses
For more information, call Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820.
THIS RELEASE REPORTS AN ARREST. ALL SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNLESS PROVEN OTHERWISE IN A COURT OF LAW.
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource. For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces about $1,000.00 of economic impact.