|A Delaware, Okla., woman was arrested Saturday on felony embezzlement charges after she allegedly sold one AQHA registered quarter horses that she did not own, and altered ownership documents of another.Alana Diane Owens, 41, was released Saturday from the Nowata County jail on a $5,000 bond.
According to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Owens sold one horse to an out of state buyer without the permission of the horse owners. Both horses were on loan to Owens. Perrier located the sold horse in Nebraska. Owens was still in possession of the second horse, although the ownership documents had been altered.
Perrier says the investigation is ongoing and steps are being taken to return the horses to the rightful owner.
“This case is a prime example of TSCRA’s ability to utilize its law enforcement contacts nationwide to locate and recover stolen livestock,” said Perrier.
TSCRA would like to thank David Horton, investigator with the Nebraska Brand Committee, for his assistance with the investigation.
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.