Alleged timber thief faces more charges

Alleged timber thief faces more charges

A Greenwood man has been arrested a second time for allegedly stealing timber in DeSoto Parish.
A Greenwood man has been arrested a second time for allegedly stealing timber in DeSoto Parish.

Monday morning David Lubas, 61, was taken into custody by agents with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Lubas was booked into the Desoto Parish jail and charged with one count of felony timber theft valued at more than $55,000.  He was also arrested earlier this month on three counts of timber theft.

Investigators say Lubas, who was working as a consultant forester for a Desoto Parish landowner between Dec. 2010 and March 2011, allegedly represented to the landowner that he obtained the best possible prices for his timber.

Lubas then had a timber company issue him commission checks of which the landowner was unaware.  Lubas received $2 to $10 per ton for the timber removed off the landowner's property which resulted in him being paid $55,300 instead of that money going to the landowner.

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