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Man accused of leasing hunting land he doesn't own

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man is facing theft charges after officials say he sold hunting rights on property he didn't own.

The Leader-Telegram, of Eau Claire, reports the owner of the land became aware of the scam after a neighbor chased several hunters from the property. The owner later found a hunter on the land, and the hunter claimed to have leased hunting rights from a man named Andy Jacobson.

An investigation led police to 25-year-old Andrew D. Martenson, of Eau Claire, who was charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court with two misdemeanor counts of theft.

Police say four hunters gave Martenson a total of $2,000 to hunt on the land.

A listed phone number for Martenson could not be found.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, www.leadertelegram.com

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