Barton County Treasurer's Office recovers portion of money lost in email scam

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: The Barton County Sheriff's Office says some of the money lost during an email scam to the Barton County Treasurer's Office has been recovered.

The Sheriff's Office said Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said in an email that a check for $34,360.70 was being sent from Suntrust Bank of Georgia.

The site where $48,600 was erroneously transferred from the Treasurer’s Office in an email scam. A report was filed with the Sheriff's Office on May 17 when the error was realized.

The Sheriff’s Office said the treasurer stated that the difference of $14,239.30 had already been withdrawn by parties on the receiving end of the crime.

The Sheriff's Office said has not identified any suspects in this case and the investigation remains open.
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The Barton County Treasurers Office has become the latest victim of an email scam.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellandir said on May 13, the treasurer's office received several emails which appeared to be from the Barton County Administrator's Office.

The emails instructed $48,000 be transferred by bank wire from the county general fund to a bank in Georgia.

On May 17, an employee of the treasurer's office requested information as how the transfer should be recorded. The County Administrator's Office said replied and said it had no knowledge of the transfer.

The Sheriff's Office and IT department were then notified about the crime.

Sheriff Bellendir said as of this time, the funds have not been recovered, but no other County funds are at risk. He also said there appears to be no security breach.

The Sheriff's Office is investigation the theft, and the FBI has been notified since the funds have crossed state lines.