Punxsutawney Woman Accused of Wrongfully Entering into Timbering Contract

YOUNG TOWNSHIP – A Punxsutawney woman has been accused of wrongfully entering a timber contract.

Lana Laughbaum, 71, was charged Monday by Punxsutawney-based state police with a felony count of theft by deception through the district court.

According to state police, Fulton Logging LLC of Home, Pa., entered into a timber contract with Laughbaum and agreed to pay her $23,500.

State police say the business was advised of a lien that was placed on the land Jan. 7, 2016. The lien prohibited Laughbaum from selling any timber until it was satisfied.

The lien was still in effect when this timber contract was signed, and Laughbaum reportedly knew she was entering the contract without the right to do so.

Laughbaum is currently incarcerated in the Jefferson County Jail on related felony charges. She’s also facing other charges not associated with this investigation.

State police say this investigation will remain open at this time.

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