SC Forestry Commission arrests GA man for breach of trust

(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.

Georgia authorities and landowners similarly value their forest resource and often cooperate with South Carolina in protecting this vital component of both states' economies.