LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A scam spanning multiple Region 8 counties landed a Paragould man in jail, according to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Jody Dotson told Region 8 News that Trenton Hoyer is facing theft by deception charges out of Lawrence County after he allegedly scammed a Portia area farmer out of $20,000.
Region 8 News spoke with the farmer, who wished to remain anonymous. He did however, tell us that in November, he bought a tractor from Hoyer and the transaction went smoothly. It wasn't until December, when Hoyer sold the farmer another tractor and multiple power units, that the farmer noticed something was wrong.
The farmer told Region 8 News that after weeks of not receiving the equipment, Hoyer finally wrote him a check equaling what the farmer had originally paid. However, he said, that check came from a closed bank account.
Sheriff Dotson told Region 8 News that this farmer wasn't the only one being scammed, though. And it wasn't just happening in Lawrence County.
Dotson said when his department contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Office, they were familiar with him too.
"In fact, they were working a case on him as well and they said Craighead County was looking into him as well...so it's my understanding that he's been charged both in Craighead County and Greene County for running the same kind of scam on farm equipment," Dotson said.
Sheriff Dotson advised that if you're waiting to receive money from Hoyer, you need to contact your local sheriff's office.
He also said if you've bought property from Hoyer, you need to contact your local sheriff to make sure that property is not stolen.
The farmer we spoke with said he is in the process of finding out if the first tractor he bought from Hoyer was a legitimate purchase.
Hoyer is currently in the Lawrence County Detention Center. He's being held on a $30,000 bond.
Sheriff Dotson said he will appear in Lawrence County Circuit Court on February 7.