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Mar 2018 News — Forestry Industry Thieves

Mar 2018 News — Forestry Industry Thieves

The forestry industry has always struggled with thieves and fraud for a variety of reasons, most of which are peculiar to the nature of the work and the industry. A somewhat unexpected problem however is in identifying the potential perpetrators themselves. So what do forestry industry thieves look like?  They are often ordinary, otherwise up-standing … Continue reading Mar 2018 News — Forestry Industry Thieves

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas

Inexpensive Gift Ideas

I’ll stray away from the usual security topics this month to take the time to offer some inexpensive, yet invaluable, gift ideas for you to consider for those on your gift-giving list. At the same time I would also like to thank each of you for listening to me over the year with this newsletter. … Continue reading Inexpensive Gift Ideas

Oct 2017 Newsletter — Case of Government Subsidies

Oct 2017 Newsletter — Case of Government Subsidies

In a recent case, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld a multi-million dollar verdict against an Alabama timber processing company when several wood dealers filed suit claiming they were cheated into accepting lower prices based on a promise of participation in a federal subsidy program. In the initial jury trial, the defendants were awarded $1,092,692.71 in … Continue reading Oct 2017 Newsletter — Case of Government Subsidies

Sep 2017 – Poaching for Musical Instruments

Sep 2017 – Poaching for Musical Instruments

I recently came across an old article about four thieves who have been accused of stealing $800k in wood from Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington (Feds: ‘Music wood’ poachers targeted Washington old growth maples, Levi Pulkkinen, SeattlePI, Wednesday, August 5, 2015). I’ve summarized the case below. It reminded me that not all timber theft … Continue reading Sep 2017 – Poaching for Musical Instruments

July 2017 News — Stealing Palmetto Berries

July 2017 News — Stealing Palmetto Berries

As if poachers, tree thieves, trespassers and drug makers weren’t enough to worry about, now landowners (especially in Florida) must worry about berry pickers. Palmetto berries are becoming a big business in Florida. Since 1994, when federal laws were relaxed, processed saw palmetto berries have become one of the nation’s top-selling dietary supplements. Europeans have … Continue reading July 2017 News — Stealing Palmetto Berries