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Louisianan accused of running a hay scheme

Posted: Updated: Dec 20, 2011 04:15 PM

SALINE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A Bienville Parish man was arrested this month for failing to deliver $13,320 worth of hay that had been ordered in August.

Lorris Wayne Ward, 38, Erma Road, Saline, was booked into the Bienville Parish jail on "theft by fraud" charges after he allegedly failed to deliver 240 round bales of hay to Bryan B. Norwood Jr. of Mansfield.

Norwood purchased the hay August 29 with a $13,320 bank money order but the hay was never delivered.

Harris County authorities in Texas also filed theft by fraud charges against Ward when he allegedly accepted a $2,000 payment for hay that he did not deliver.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission Inspectors Carney Burcham and H. Scotty Hill, Sergeant Joe West of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office and DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Z. Johnson Office investigated the case.

The Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Law Enforcement Division also participated in the investigation.

Johnson dropped the charges against Ward after restitution was paid to the victims and Ward was released from custody.

"I thought it was more important to pursue quick reimbursement for the victims instead of going through a long drawn-out court case," D-A Johnson said.

LWFD Commissioner Mike Strain said anyone with knowledge or suspicion of an agricultural crime should call the LDAF Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-558-9741 to report any agricultural crime.

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