For Immediate Release: July 11, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams, 512-922-7328
Durant, Okla. – A south Texas man was charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretenses, and a warrant was issues for his arrest in Bryan County, Okla. on Thursday. The investigation was led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
On June 6, the suspect, Raymond James (RJ) Fleming, 30, purchased 40 head of livestock from the Caddo Livestock Auction, located in Bryan County, for $52,000 and issued the auction a check for purchase. Later on the same day, Fleming wrote another check to the same auction in the amount of $60,805 for the purchase of 23 additional head of cattle. Both checks were returned due to insufficient funds.
Perrier and TSCRA Special Rangers John Bradshaw and Tommy Charbula are working together and continuing to investigate this case. They have revealed that Fleming has written other worthless checks for the purchase of livestock across Oklahoma and Texas.
The TSCRA special rangers investigating this case expect more charges to be filed on Fleming.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 136 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.