Marks lead to return of cattle, arrests
An interprovincial investigation going back a few years leads breeding officials and the RCMP to recover 19 heads
Two people have been charged with fraud over $ 5,000 after an RCMP investigation into cattle in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Shane Hoff, 49, and Shanon Hoff, 45, of Alberta’s Two Hills area are scheduled to appear in Vegreville provincial court on October 18 after cattle were allegedly bought with a fraudulent check and transported out of the province without brand inspection.
The RCMP âencourages livestock owners to tag their cattle, horses or other livestock because it is a primary means of identifying the owner, and in most cases for our livestock investigators, this is what we are counting on for a successful prosecution in these cases, âsaid Cpl. Deanna Fontaine.
The Alberta RCMP’s Livestock Investigation Unit was first informed on Aug. 19 of an alleged fraudulent purchase of livestock in Tofield, Alta., It said in a statement. âLivestock Services of Saskatchewan was called in to help and an area was identified where the cattle were supposed to graze. “
Two purebred Black Angus bulls were seized on September 2 in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. Evidence implicating other alleged victims was also found during the search, the statement said.
Cattle were also recovered on September 16 at Spiritwood in an alleged fraud in Thorsby, Alta., And Lloydminster, Sask., Said Const. Lyle Korver of the Alberta RCMP Cattle Investigation Unit in Airdrie, Alta.
A total of 19 animals were seized and identified through registered cattle marks and / or registered purebred tattoos. However, the RCMP investigation could go back “a few years,” Korver said.
Anyone with information on other suspected incidents related to Shane and Shanon Hoff are asked to contact the Alberta RCMP Livestock Investigation Unit at 403-598-6991, or their local police.
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