Corning man arrested for grand theft cattle, embezzlement, forgeries and elder abuse


by Adam Robinson, KRCR News (CA)

October 31st 2019


FLOURNOY, Calif. A Corning man is being held in the Tehama County Jail on $500,000 bail after stealing cattle, farm equipment, and over $175,000 from elderly cattle owners.


On June 22, investigators from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Bureau of Livestock Identification and the Tehama County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) investigated a reported theft of cattle from the Corning area of Tehama County.


According to investigators, the victims, James Weiss, 92, and Robert Aycock, 67, both of San Rafael, had purchased pasture in the Corning area for grazing of their cattle. Weiss and Aycock hired the suspect, Jose Damian Camargo, 39, of Corning, as their ranch manager.


Between December 1, 2017, and July 1, 2019, investigators say Camargo stole 24 head of cattle, a portable horse barn, 15 steel corral panels, 7 gates, a well pump, and about $176,134.


Investigators spoke with Camargo at his home and took him into custody for theft, embezzlement, forgeries, and elder abuse.


Camargo was...