Cattle Rustling Ain't What It Used to BE!

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Yep, cattle rustling has become a little more technical than the western days.  Long are the days of literally roping the cattle from a herd.  Fake identities, fake companies, and lots of bad checks.....this is the new cattle rustling.

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According to the Associated Press, an East Texas Man from Athens, Texas, with a prolific record of stealing cattle, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years.  It sounds like a harsh sentence doesn't it? 

However the DA says the man used a fake identify and a fake company name to ship the cattle.  Once the cattle was shipped, the seller didn't receive payment for the goods or if they did, the checks bounced.

Testimony revealed that the man had stolen over 2,000 head of cattle which was worth approximately $1 million in the past 5 years alone.  The man had been convicted in the 90's for bank fraud, which involved banks, ranchers, and cattle (feedlot) owners.

I guess the jury figured that this man, who was known as a serial cattle rustler, needs to be behind bars a while.

Comments (4)

Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Wow, I thought that only happened in the old days & on reruns. Guess not. There are always the ones that will figure this kind of stuff out. Glad he got punished even though it seems excessive for today's crime. Years ago I'm sure it would have been worse for the guy & it involved a rope.

Aug 25, 2011 11:02 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Did they fine him as well?  Think he should have had to pay the value of the stolen cattle, and the court costs -- with certified funds, not a check. 

Aug 25, 2011 11:11 AM
Diana Manzato
Highland Village, TX

@Steven Oh yes, I believe the restitution is over $700,000 == but you are right, can't take a check from him.

Aug 25, 2011 12:55 PM
Diana Manzato
Highland Village, TX

@Lyn, I also thought 99 years seemed harsh -- there are murderers that get less time, but as I read the entire article...

this guy was a serial criminal and his thefts devastated so many rangers' lives.


Aug 25, 2011 12:57 PM