Fraud averted at LeRoy bank

Published 9:41 am Friday, April 3, 2009

An attempted fraud using forged signatures from Hanson Tire in LeRoy was averted Thursday morning at First State Bank.

According to the Mower County Sheriff’s Department, a cashier received a fax around 11 a.m. Thursday requesting that funds amounting to $24,318 be taken from a Hanson Tire account and wired to Sofia, Bulgaria. The wire included a signature of a responsible at Hanson Tire that appeared authentic, though there was no origin number on the fax.

Hanson Tire was contacted and confirmed it not authorize such a transaction.

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The case is still under investigation.