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Thieves believed to have stolen $700,000 from school district

| Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The FBI is investigating suspicions that cyber thieves electronically stole $705,000 from a western Pennsylvania school district.

The FBI confirms there is a criminal investigation involving Western Beaver County School District, but declined to elaborate.

However, on Thursday the school district filed a civil suit against ESB Bank. That lawsuit accuses the bank of making 74 unauthorized transfers from two different accounts.

It says nearly $705,000 was transferred to 42 different entities that were not doing business with the district and were not owed money.

All the transfers were requested between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2. The suit says ESB did manage to prevent some of the transfers. In total, the district is out some $441,000.

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