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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 10, 2014

Lawsuit Recovers $10,000 In Damages To Eufaula Lake Area

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the Tulsa District United States Army Corps of Engineers announce the settlement of a civil lawsuit between the United States of America, acting on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a landowner of River Oaks Estates at Eufaula Lake in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

The lawsuit alleged that Jeromy Hudson, of Edmond, Oklahoma trespassed, destroyed trees and installed a building on government lakefront property adjoining his property at Eufaula Lake without authorization.

Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Hudson will pay $10,000.00 in damages. The Corps of Engineers reminds the public that any modification to vegetation or the terrain itself on government property without a proper permit issued by the Corps of Engineers is a violation of the law.

Although tree cutting is not permitted, the modification of vegetation may be permitted, by written permit issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with Eufaula Lake's Shoreline Management Plan and applicable regulations. Any person desiring such a permit should contact the United States Army Corps of Engineers Office at Eufaula Lake before altering government property.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert Gay Guthrie represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015