South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

September 3, 2009


Pernell Dunbar

(Columbia,SC)–-You cannot sell what isn’t yours.  It seems like common sense, but law enforcement officers with the South Carolina Forestry Commission have once again arrested someone for selling another’s valuable timber.

Pernell Dunbar, 65, of Varnville, SC, was arrested for cutting and selling nearly $5,000.00 worth of timber in Hampton County.  The victim was the landowner and an elderly relative of Dunbar’s.  He had not given Dunbar permission to sell the timber.  Mr. Dunbar is now charged with Grand Larceny.  He was out on bond the day of his arrest.

African-Americans constitute a large percentage of timber crime victims.  The SC Forestry Commission is dedicated to reaching underserved populations in this state, especially in the area of timber fraud investigation.  Timber and forest products constitute this state’s number-one manufacturing industry.  The vast majority of forestland in South Carolina is privately-owned (88%).  Sixty-seven percent is family-owned.  SCFC law enforcement works daily all to protect the forest resource of our state.  Your forested land is your heritage and your future.  No one can take it without your permission.  It is more than just trees; it’s your investment.

To report a suspected case of timber theft, fraud, or arson, call the South Carolina Forestry Commission at (803) 896-8800.



 For more information, call Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820

Legal Reference:

          SC Code 16-13-0030(B)(1)

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 more than $1,300.00 of economic impact.


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