EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Gérald Thériault, 63, of Sainte-Anne de Madawaska, was fined $12,000 after pleading guilty to charges of illegal possession of timber from Crown land.

The amount of the fine is a result of being in possession of Crown timber for the purpose of commercialization for financial gain. Two other people were party to the offence.

The arrests were made after an investigation in December 2016 by conservation officers from the Department of Justice and Public Safety.

The minimum fine for the theft of Crown wood is $1,000; however, when the offence is linked to commercialization for financial gain, the minimum fine is $10,000. Similar fines have been issued on five occasions in recent years.

Anyone with information regarding the theft of Crown timber is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).