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Career criminal receives 20 years for tampering with government documents

FORT WORTH, June 12, 2014—A Louisiana man charged with Tampering with a Government Document in Upshur County pleaded guilty to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Tuesday.

On Nov. 20, 2013, Edwin A. Williams, 55, was arrested for selling a horse with a fraudulent Coggins test to a rancher in Upshur County. TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand investigated the case.

According to the victim, Williams claimed he had grabbed the copy by mistake and stated he would mail the original. Within 3 days the victim became dissatisfied with the horse’s disposition and attempted to contact Williams. Williams would not reply, which prompted the victim to obtain the original Coggins test from a Louisiana animal hospital. The victim found the copy did not match the original in 15 different descriptors, including gender and original owner.

Williams failed to appear in court, but was later arrested by Louisiana state police after the judge issued a no bond-bench warrant.

Hand says that Williams has a history of felony theft, forgery, fraud, receiving stolen property and has also been charged with crimes in Indiana, Ohio and Lousiana.

“With this sentence we helped to remove from society a man who has scammed countless number of victims in Texas and across multiple other states,” said Billy  Byrd, Upshur County district attorney. “Our office fully supports our cattleman and ranchers and appreciates the hard work of Special Ranger Larry Hand.”

TSCRA would like to thank Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd and ADA Camille Henson, Louisiana Brand Commission Investigator Carnie Burcham, Louisiana State Police-Gaming Division, Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish Sheriff’s Deputies.

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