Punxsy Woman Faces New Charges for Entering Timber Contracts on Land Under Lien

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Additional charges have been filed against a Punxsutawney woman who is facing theft by deception stemming from the sale of nearly $50,000.00 worth of timber that was under a lien.

Court documents indicate Punxsutawney-based State Police filed new criminal charges against 70-year-old Lana Sue Laughbaum, of Punxsutawney.

According to a criminal complaint, Lana Laughbaum entered into the following agreements with the two different individuals or companies for timber located in Young Township, Jefferson County:

Timber contract dated November 28, 2017: The victim paid Laughbaum $7,000.00 for the timbering of land located at 391 Laughbaum Drive.

Timber contract dated December 13, 2017: The victim paid Laughbaum $7,500.00 for the timbering of land located at 391 Laughbaum Drive.

A lien had been placed on her land on January 7, 2016, that barred Laughbaum from selling any more timber until the lien was satisfied.

Laughbaum previously entered into timber agreements of $35,000.00. on land that was under lien.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed against Laughbaum in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Wednesday, March 21 and Friday, March 23:

– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Felony 3 (two counts)

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, with Judge Mizerock presiding.


Hearing Set for Punxsy Woman Accused of Entering into 35k of Timber Agreements on Land Under Lien

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