(Columbia, SC) Having a different state of residence offered no protection for a Macon, GA man arrested following a business deal gone awry.
South Carolina Forestry Commission agents say Casey Green failed to pay a subcontractor for planting trees on 605 acres he was overseeing for a client. According to the warrant, Green received more than $19,000 from a landowner to manage the reforestation of his land in Florence Co.
Mr. Greene failed to pay when the work was completed. He owes the subcontractor more than $17,000.00.
Bibb County, GA sheriff's deputies arrested Green in Georgia on 12/26/12 on the SC Forestry Commission's behalf. Our law enforcement personnel subsequently extradited him to South Carolina on 1/3/13.
Mr. Green is currently out on bond awaiting trial. He faces a maximum of ten years in jail and court-imposed fines, if convicted of the felony charge.
In South Carolina, forestry and timber crimes are actively investigated and the laws are rigorously enforced. Forest-related businesses impact the South Carolina economy by $17 billion annually and keep about 90,000 South Carolinians employed at above-average wages.
Most our state's 13+ million acres of forestland is privately-owned, often by SC families who live on their forests.