Adams Man Charged in Timber Theft Case totaling $200K

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A 51-year-old Adams man is charged with 14 counts of theft in a business setting after an investigator from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said they received numerous complaints from landowners not being paid for their timber.

Burton Collins, owner of Collins Pulpwood and Logging, allegedly owed 14 customers a combined $200,000. Court documents show one person was owed more than $33,000 alone for the alleged timber theft.

A former employee witness told investigators Collins asked her to alter records by destroying scale slips to indicate the landowner was owed less money than they really were, but she said she refused.

Collins reportedly shut down the business after he realized the debts owed to landowners.

Collins is free on a $1,500 signature bond. He'll return to court Jan. 20.