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Woman arrested in timber fraud

May 15, 2008

A St. Francisville woman was arrested and charged Wednesday with felony theft by forestry enforcement investigators with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for allegedly scamming Georgia Pacific Corporation-Port Hudson Operation out of timber valued at more than $22,000, Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. said. 

LDAF Forestry Enforcement Investigator Mark Singleton and Captain Spence Dilworth of the West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office arrested Chakena A. Morrison, 32, of 8031 Solitude Road, St. Francisville and booked her as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish. 

Singleton’s investigation determined that during August and September of 2007, Morrison, a security guard at the Georgia Pacific-Port Hudson mill, falsified timber scale tickets defrauding Georgia Pacific Corporation in the amount of $22,751.49.

“The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected,” Strain added.

Strain advised anyone with information regarding timber theft, woods arson or other agriculture-related crimes to contact the LDAF enforcement division at 1-800-558-9741.

Timber losses due to criminal charges total to more than $1.2 million annually, Strain said.