Stephenson man charged with timber theft

The owner of a Stephenson logging company is facing prison time.

Raymond Vetort, owner of R&J Logging, was charged today with three felonies for stealing more than 100 thousand dollars of lumber from the state of Michigan.

While the logging company had a timber contract with the state, Vetort took timber that was not part of the agreement.

He was charged with trespassing, larceny, and malicious destruction. Each charge is a 10–year felony or a 15 thousand dollar fine.

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Vetort took advantage of Michigan’s natural resources, and must be held accountable for his actions.

Arraignment for the case is scheduled for July 20th at 9:30 a.m.