Some stolen Barton County funds recovered


GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) – Some of the money stolen from the Barton County Treasurer’s Office in an email scan in May has been recovered.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said in a news release Thursday Sun Trust Bank of Georgia was sending a check to the treasurer’s office in the amount of $34,360.70.

Bellendir said Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reports Suntrust Bank said the remaining amount had already been withdrawn by the parties on the receiving end of the crime.

The case was initially reported to the Sheriff’s Office on May 17, 2016, when $48,600 was erroneously transferred from the Treasurer’s Office in an email scam.

Bellendir said, “In my experience as Sheriff, this is one of the very few times we have seen successful recovery of funds in this type of case.”

The investigation into the theft continues.  No suspects have been identified.

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