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Teller saves N.L. $30,000

Joe Centers • Jul 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Had it not been for the sharp eye of a New London bank teller, the village would be about $30,000 lighter in the pocket-book.

On June 19, a Sutton Bank representative noticed a request to withdraw $28,740 from the village's checking account.

The teller contacted Village Clerk Jonna Rowland and after checking with everyone who has access to the account, Rowland determined it was unauthorized, according to a New London Police report.

The inital investigation by police indicated that the village's computer system had been hacked.

The system, installed by Main Street Computers, of New London, was only a week old.

β€œIt shut us down for a week,” Rowland said.

The village clerk's office was able to conduct business during that week while the police department and bank tracked down the suspect.

The authorities tracked the hacker down to an unspecified location in British Columbia.

β€œI worked with the IT (information techology) representative at the bank, but he couldn't pinpoint the location. That's as far as we could get,” said Police Chief Mike Marko.

Rowland said she is very grateful for the bank representative's keen eye.

Marko sent the completed investigatory reports to the attorney general's office which is putting together a fraud task force to handle similar matters, he said.

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