Tennessee man charged with cattle theft

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BLANCO, Texas — A Hendersonville, Tennessee, man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of theft after scamming multiple victims in Blanco, Texas, and across the U.S. by selling electronic cattle ear tags and not delivering the product to the victims.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Mike Barr led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Hendersonville Sheriff’s Department Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn assisted.

According to Barr, the suspect, Timothy Michael Evans, 50, made up a company called “Cattle Traxx” and used a website and social media to fraudulently sell electronic ear tags to a victim in Blanco.

The victim said he never received the ear tags he purchased and Evans continuously made excuses for the delay in delivering the product. The investigation revealed Evans made up a fake company and charged 29 victims in Texas and across the U.S. for the ear tags, but he never planned to deliver the product.

The ear tags Evans promoted never existed.

The suspect also scammed multiple news publications by failing to pay invoices for advertisements he placed to promote his fake product.

Barr worked with Vaughn to locate Evans by tracking the suspect’s computer IP address. Vaughn arrested Evans, and the suspect was charged with 14 counts of theft over $1,000 and four counts of theft over $10,000.

Evans is currently being held in the Summer County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He is awaiting his criminal court date set for Jan. 20.

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