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Wortham Man Arrested For Felony Theft

A four month cattle theft investigation concluded May 1st after a Freestone County man surrendered himself to authorities.

Jackie Lynn Farish, 68, of Wortham, was indicted April 24, 2013, on third degree felony theft regarding missing livestock.

In December 2012, TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson was contacted by a New Mexico rancher concerning a shortage of 124 head of cattle that were supposed to be bought, pre-conditioned and delivered to the victim by Farish.

An investigation by Dickson and Sergeant Clayton Aldrich, of the Freestone County Sheriff?s Department, revealed that Farish had taken payment from the victim for at least 55 head of the cattle, but never purchased them. He also charged the victim thousands of dollars for feed and care for cattle that didn?t exist.

Dickson praised the assistance he received from Freestone County Detective Aldrich and the Freestone County District Attorney Christopher Martin.

?Freestone County is a big ranching area, and authorities here take ranch related crimes very seriously,? Dickson said.

Farish is currently in custody at the Freestone County jail on a $20,000 bond. If convicted he could receive up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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