September 6, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Fayette Man Indicted for Defrauding Landowners

     James Richard Guy, aged 53 of Fayette, Alabama, has been indicted by a Fayette County Grand Jury for defrauding four landowners during timber purchases. Indictments charge Guy with four counts of Theft of Property, First Degree, and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Second Degree. Guy is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail.

     According to AFC Law Enforcement Chief Craig Hill, Guy signed contracts with each of the Fayette County landowners to purchase their timber, collected the money for the timber, but never paid the landowners. Evidence collected shows that Guy owes the landowners a total of over $62,000. Hill also noted that District Attorney J. Chris McCool and the staff of the 24th Judicial Circuit are to be commended for their unwavering support of landowners and the forestry community.

     If convicted, Theft of Property, First Degree is a Class B Felony which carries a jail sentence of 2-20 years and a fine up to $30,000; Possession of a Forged Instrument, Second Degree is a Class C Felony which carries a jail sentence of 1-10 years and a fine up to $15,000.

     The AFC is committed to reducing forestry-related crimes which generate losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to landowners, the timber industry, and Alabama’s economy. The AFC provides a “Forest Crimes Hotline" so that citizens can call and report wildland arson, theft of timber, and theft of harvesting equipment. This toll-free number is 1-800-222-2927.

 

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This news release reports an arrest only.  All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Contact: Craig Hill at 334.850.3665
or craig.hill@forestry.alabama.gov

 



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