Kansas Republican Senator Moran says ‘cybercriminals’ stole nearly $700,000 from campaign

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The FBI is investigating allegations that cybercriminals stole nearly $700,000 from the campaign of Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran, according to a letter the campaign sent to the Federal Elections Committee.

On December 8, 2022, Timothy Gottschalk, treasurer of the Moran campaign, notified the FEC of “fraudulent activity by an outside cybercriminal” included in the campaign’s financial reporting, according to a Form 99 filing.

Moran’s campaign informed the FEC that their office had been contacted by Astra Bank on November 14 and notified of potentially fraudulent activity related to two wire transfers to SRCP Media Inc. for a total cost of $690,000.

The first transfer was sent on October 25 for $345,000 and the second transfer was sent on November 9 for $345,000.

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Senator Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas, speaks at a ceremony for the unveiling of a statue of Amelia Earhart in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, July 27, 2022.
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The letter says that Moran’s campaign reported the alleged theft to the Republic County Kansas Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 16. From there, the case was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is under further investigation.

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On Nov. 23, Moran’s campaign was notified by Astra Bank that $168,184.03 of the Nov. 9 wire transfer had been recovered from Wells Fargo Bank, the letter said.

The FEC filing was first reported by Raw Story, a leftist progressive news website.

UKTN News has reached out to Moran’s office for comment.

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Vice President Kamala Harris solemnly swears in Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, before the 118th Congress in the old Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2023.

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“Cybercriminals targeted the Moran For Kansas accounting firm and money was transferred to fraudulent bank accounts,” a Moran campaign spokesperson told the Kansas City Star. “As soon as a discrepancy was found, it was reported to the police.”

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“We are currently pursuing all available avenues to recover the money and an investigation with the FBI is ongoing,” the spokesperson added.

Moran single-handedly won re-election to a third term in the Senate in November, defeating Democrat Mark Holland by 60.1% to 36.9%. Moran’s campaign spent more than $4.6 million in the 2022 election cycle, according to FEC documents.

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