GOP Senator Campaign Says ‘Cybercriminal’ Stole Nearly $700,000

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The campaign for Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) revealed that a “cybercriminal” stole nearly $700,000 from the campaign in November.

Moran campaign treasurer Timothy Gottschalk wrote a letter to the Federal Election Commission last month to report that on Nov. 14, about a week after the election, the campaign learned that it had made two payments totaling $690,000 for fraudulent invoices.

The payments were $345,000 each and were made on October 25 and November 9.

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The letter says the campaign reported the incident to the Republic County Kansas Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16, and the case was subsequently turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.

It says that the campaign office was notified by Astra Bank on Nov. 23 that $168,184.03 was recovered from the Nov. 9 wire transfer from Wells Fargo Bank.

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The Kansas City Star reported that a spokesperson for the campaign said cybercriminals had been targeted by the accounting firm the campaign used and funds had been transferred to fraudulent accounts. They said the campaign is “pursuing all avenues” to recover the money, and that the FBI’s investigation is ongoing.

Moran easily won re-election to a third Senate term, winning by 23 points against his Democratic opponent in a reliably red state.

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