- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Forestry officials have accused a Vivian man of unlawfully selling timber he cut in Rodessa, a community in north Caddo Parish.

On Monday Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said its agents arrested James Lee Nelson on Thursday and booked him into the Caddo Parish Detention Center.

He was accused of unlawfully selling 80 acres of property in Rodessa. Nelson faces one count of felony timber theft. Officials say he falsified 15 timber cutting agreements by signing the names of several heirs, some of whom had been dead for up to 40 years.

Officials say Nelson was paid $35,000 for the timber. Nelson’s bond was set at $20,000.

Authorities say the investigation is not over and that other arrests may be made.



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