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Police: Attempted transfer of $125K thwarted in Brunswick

January 26, 2019

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say someone tried to transfer $125,000 from the organization that’s redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Steve Levesque (leh-VEK’) from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority said a third party hacked the email system last month and tried to transfer money from checking and payroll accounts at Bath Savings Institution. The plan was thwarted when the bank called Levesque for confirmation.

The Times Record reports that the redevelopment authority changed its passwords and set up a new checking account. The finance committee also discussed using encrypted communications.

The redevelopment authority turned over details to the police, who he believes are working with the FBI. The FBI reported that its Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 300,000 complaints in 2017 year with reported losses of more than $1.4 billion.

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