Michigan's Alcona County treasurer actually fell for a Nigerian scam, and embezzled county funds to wire over to the scam artists.
Thomas Katona, 56, was arraigned in Harrisville today after an investigation that began in December when county officials learned he had directed eight unauthorized wire transfers totaling $186,500 to beneficiaries linked to the Nigerian Advance scheme, Cox said in a statement. Investigators also found that Katona had wired $72,500 of his own money to the same accounts.Link (Thanks, Anne!)
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