Louisiana: Two Arrested for Illegally Selling $189,000 Worth of Cattle

For the second time in less than a year, a couple in Louisiana has been arrested for fraudulent sales of cattle. ( Multimedia Graphic Network, Inc. )

Authorities in Louisiana have arrested two people who allegedly sold 230 head of cattle without paying back their lender. 

According to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), Ricky and Wanda Thompson, both 69-years old, were charged with four counts of Disposal of Property (Livestock) with Fraudulent or Malicious Intent in Rapides Parish. Investigators from LDAF’s Brand Commission found that the fraud occurred from June to September in 2017.

It is alleged that the couple did not pay the mortgage holder of the lien on the land where the cattle were located when those cattle were sold in Rapides Parish. The lien covered both the property moveables (cattle) on the property.

“This is not the first time the LDAF brand commission has arrested Ricky and Wanda Thompson. The Thompson’s, including their son Justin, were arrested in June 2018 for stealing livestock valued at $1 million from four Louisiana livestock markets,” says LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM.

Ricky and Wanda Thompson were both booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on March 27 and no bond had been set.

For more about the previous case involving the Thompsons read the following story: