Charges mount against suspected timber thief

Charges mount against suspected timber thief

A Greenwood man has been arrested a third time for allegedly stealing timber.
A Greenwood man has been arrested a third time for allegedly stealing timber.

David Lubas, 61, was booked into the Claiborne Parish Jail Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of theft by fraud of timber valued at approximately $10,500.

Investigators say Lubas was working as a consultant forester when two sisters, who are Claiborne Parish absentee landowners, asked him to help sell their timber for a 10 percent commission.

Lubas reportedly told the landowners he had solicited bids and had obtained a high bid of $27,500 for their timber but Lubas actually received a high bid of $38,000.

Lubas allegedly directed the company to issue him a check for $10,500 explaining that this money was for his consulting fee as well as additional services that were to be performed on the property.

 After receiving the check for $10,500, investigators say Lubas sent a bill to the landowners for his 10 percent commission. The two landowners each sent Lubas payments of $1,375.

Lubas was also arrested twice last month for alleged timber thefts in DeSoto Parish   


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