Man faces charge in hay scam

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A Wesson, Miss., man has been charged with selling hay over the Internet. Authorities say the problem is James Darin Hoffman had no hay.

Copiah County chief investigator Milton Twiner tells The Clarion-Ledger that Hoffman was freed on $50,000 shortly after his arrest on Nov. 29.

Twiner says Hoffman allegedly been selling hay to farmers in Texas through a website called The Hay Barn. The site calls itself a "classified ad site for hay, hay equipment, and haying services."

The Texas area was an easy target as it is under a state of emergency because of the ongoing drought.

Hoffman is charged with four counts of false pretenses.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger