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Officials: Galveston County Falls Victim To $525K Scam

The deposit error wasn’t detected until Monday after county officials reviewed email correspondence

Investigators say Galveston County appears to be the victim of a $525,000 email scam after government funds meant for road repairs were sent to a wrong account.

Galveston County Treasurer Kevin Walsh said the scam was discovered Monday after county officials reviewed email correspondence with a Houston construction company scheduled to repair roads in San Leon.

Walsh tells The Galveston County Daily News that county officials paid the money to a new account after receiving a request to do so from an unknown entity pretending to be the construction firm. He said the emails and account belonged to a scammer.

Walsh said the deposit error wasn’t detected until the construction company asked why it was taking so long to receive payment.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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