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South Carolina
Statutes Relating to Timber Transaction Crimes

16-11-520 Malicious injury to real property. Felony if damage is over $1000. Penalty for felony level: up to 10 years and fine at discretion of court.

16-11-580 Taking timber, pine straw, or other forest products w/o permission. Misdemeanor if value is less than $1000; fines up to $500. Felony if value is more than $1000; penalty is fine at discretion of court or up to 10 years in prison.

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16-11-610 Trespassing. Misdemeanor; penalty is fine up to $200 or prison for up to 30 days.

16-13-30-A Petit larceny; theft of values of $1000 or less. Misdemeanor; fine of to $500 and up to 30 days in prison.

16-13-30-B Grand larceny if valued at more than $1000. Felony. Penalty is fine at discretion of court, or up to 5 years if value is between $1000-$5000; up to 10 years if value is $5000 or more.

16-13-177 Law enforcement may confiscate equipment used in commission of timber theft/fraud valued at more than $5,000. Applies to violations of the following laws: 16-11-580; 16-13-30; 16-13-230; 16-13-240; and 48-23-265.

16-13-240 Obtaining property under false pretenses. Felony if over $1000. Penalty for felony level: up to $500 fine and up to 10 years if value is $5000 or more; fine in discretion of court and up to 5 years if value is $1000-$5000.

16-17-410 Conspiracy. Felony. Penalty is up to 5 years or up to $5000, but penalty cannot exceed penalty carried by the contemplated crime.

16-13-320 Swindling. Misdemeanor. Penalty is fine at discretion of court and restitution of double the amount involved. If payment is not immediately made, can be sentenced to up to 6 months.

43-35-85 Exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Felony. Penalty is up to $5000 and up to 5 years. Court may also order restitution.

48-23-97 Requires timber buyers to provide mill scale tickets for any timber purchased on a per unit, pay-as-cut basis. Violation is a misdemeanor; penalty is a fine of up to $1000 and up to 30 days in jail.

48-23-265 Requires timber buyer to pay for pay-as-cut timber within 45 days. Violation is misdemeanor if value is less than $5000; penalty is fine of up to $500 plus restitution. Felony if value is $5000 or more; penalty is fine of up to $1000 and up to 30 days. Full restitution is required.  


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