More charges filed against Jena man for timber theft

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - State agriculture officials say two more felony timber theft charges have been filed against a Jena man.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says 39-year-old James Ainsworth was arrested last Friday for theft of just over $14,600. The new charges make a total of eight theft counts filed against Ainsworth since September.

Investigators say the first complaint was made by an Olla couple who was promised up to $6,000 for a thinning operation on 28 acres. However, investigators say additional timber was cut while the landowner was away. A second complaint was made by a Trout man who was told he would receive up to $10,000 for timber on his 11¾ acres, but he only received $1,240.

The timber on both tracts was cut between July and October 2013.