Is your Coggins legit?
A Louisiana horse seller entered a guilty plea instead of going to trial this week for felony tampering with a government document.
Edwin A. Williams was sentenced to 20-years in the Texas Department of Corrections for attempting to pass a fraudulent copy of a Coggins to a Texas horse buyer.
Williams sent a fake Coggins copy with the horse he sold, although told the horse buyer he grabbed it by mistake. Williams promised he would mail the original, according to the victim. The cowboy reportedly became unhappy with the horse after a few days and tried to reach Williams — who never responded.
The victim eventually obtained the original Coggins from the Louisiana veterinarian that pulled the horse’s blood. The copy and original did not match in 15 places, including gender and owner.
Williams failed to appear in court. He was arrested by Louisiana state police after the judge issued a no bond bench warrant.
“With this sentence we helped to remove from society a man who has scammed countless number of victims in Texas and across multiple other states,” said Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.
Officials say Williams has a history of felony theft, forgery, fraud, receiving stolen property and has also been charged with crimes in Indiana, Ohio, and Louisiana.