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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 3, 2016

Colorado Couple Pays $30,000 to Settle Allegations of Trespass and Cutting of 230 Trees From U.S. Government Property Near Keystone Lake

TULSA, Okla.—A Colorado couple has paid $30,000 to resolve allegations that they trespassed and either cut down or had another person cut down trees on property owned by the United States government, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Charles and Meegon Reilly own property in Mannford, Okla., that was occupied by Johnny Bozarth. Their property is adjacent to property owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, as part of the Keystone Lake Project.

According to the settlement agreement, the United States alleged that, on or before April 1, 2015, the Reilly’s and/or Bozarth trespassed and either cut down or had another person cut down approximately 230 trees in violation of Federal and Oklahoma laws.

The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Marianne Hardcastle.

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Updated October 3, 2016