Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section lay charges in relation to cattle-related fraud

Drayton Valley, Alberta – On March 9, 2021, a report was received by Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section regarding alleged fraud in relation to cattle.

Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Section completed an investigation and determined two parties had allegedly entered into a partnership wherein the complainant had invested over $1 million dollars to purchase cattle, feed and equipment from a company. The investigation determined that the complainant allegedly did not receive any payments and that a quantity of the calves had been sold, contrary to the terms of the partnership.

Cattle
(File Photo) Cattle

On March 16, 2021, Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Section executed a search warrant and kept the peace while a separate civil Ex Parte Order was also executed on a rural property near Drayton Valley.

On May 6, 2021, Alton Edward Wood (44) of Drayton Valley was charged with:

· Fraud over $5,000

· Utter forged document

· Not fully complete the information required, provided false information in or described livestock incorrectly on Alberta Livestock Manifest (LICA) (x3)

Wood was released to attend Drayton Valley Provincial Court on May 18, 2021.

It is notable that Alton Wood has been involved in similar business relationships that resulted in alleged criminal acts that are currently before the courts. Anyone with information about any other similar incidents is asked to contact the Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Section at 403-598-6991, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Western Alberta District

Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch Livestock Investigation Section

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