A Stroud man accused of selling cattle without the owners’ permission faces prison time after an investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
Clayten Smith, 36, surrendered to Creek County authorities May 31.
Smith was a caretaker for the victims’ cattle, but the owners became suspicious that he had removed some of the livestock and sold them, according to a news release.
He is charged with four counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. He has since been released on bond to await trial. Court records show Smith will next appear in Creek County District Court on June 16 before Judge Richard Woolery.
An investigation revealed Smith sold the cattle without the owners’ permission at various sale barns between June 2018 and January 2019, according to a news release.
Each count carries up to five years in prison.