STILLWATER, Okla. - A Stillwater man is behind bars, accused of a cattle rustling scam worth half a million dollars.
James Robb Taylor was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
“We started an investigation, which went all the way to Noble County, all the way to Guymon. We wound up back here, ultimately talking to Mr. Taylor,” said special ranger, Brett Wellden.
Taylor owns Perkins Livestock Sales.
Officials say he called Superior Livestock Auction and placed two orders for cattle to be shipped.
Those cattle were delivered, but when it came time to pay, Taylor had a story ready.
“He said, 'I didn’t order these cattle. Someone must’ve stolen my identity,” said Wellden.
Wellden says they examined call logs and talked to witnesses.
“Whether it be witnesses who actually took the phone calls or the truck drivers who delivered the cattle who said they were directed by Mr. Taylor, all the way up to talking to Mr. Taylor, who ultimately admitted it himself,” said Wellden.
A buyer cheated him out of almost $1 million.
“If you can’t afford it or you can’t pay for it, you shouldn’t buy it,” said Taylor in the interview back in February of 2012.
And he even went on to say he could never do something like that.
“I couldn’t live with that at night to do that,” said Taylor.
Now, officials say he’s on the other side of the story, having cheated another company out of around $500,000.
He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on two charges or obtaining merchandise or money by trick or deception.
And, officials say this is an ongoing investigation and that there could be more charges coming.