Alleged timber thief arrested 4th time

Charges continue to mount against a Greenwood man who is accused of timber theft.
Charges continue to mount against a Greenwood man who is accused of timber theft.

In less than three months, David Lubas, 61, has been arrested a fourth time by Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry enforcement agents.

On Friday Lubas was booked into the Claiborne Parish jail and charged with theft by fraud of timber valued at approximately $37,700 and attempted felony theft of timber valued at approximately $10,000.  His bond has been set at $20,000.
Investigators say Lubas was working as a consultant forester when a Claiborne Parish absentee landowner asked him to help sell her timber.

Lubas reportedly told the landowner he had solicited bids and had obtained a high bid of $28,228 for her timber.  Investigators say Lubas actually received a high bid of $65,928.

According to statements from the logging company, Lubas directed the company to issue him two checks totaling $37,700 in which one was listed as commission and the other was listed as site prep, burning and planting cost for services that were to be performed on the property which were never performed.
After receiving the check for $28,228, investigators say Lubas sent a bill to the landowner for a 12 percent commission. The landowner then sent Lubas a payment for $3,387.36.
The charge of attempted felony theft stems from a family of four Claiborne Parish absentee landowners who hired Lubas to sell their timber.  Lubas reportedly told the landowners he found a timber company to cut the timber on a pay-as-cut basis and got the best prices possible.

According to investigators, all four landowners signed the contract and the logging company was less than two weeks away from moving in on the property when Lubas was arrested in early August and the landowners stopped the sale.
Investigators found Lubas had directed the timber company to withhold money for a commission which would have resulted in Lubas receiving at least $10,000.
If you have had any dealings with Lubas, you are urged to contact the Department of Agriculture and Forestry at (225) 925-4500.

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