Authorities are investigation a fraud case in which hundreds of thousands of dollars were allegedly taken from the account of a Hutchinson manufacturer.
On Thursday, an employee of Goebel Fixtures reported to police that a fraudulent wire transaction of over $210,000 had gone through, the recipient being the Bank of China in Hong Kong. The employee said that when she became aware of that transaction, the local bank was closed and it could not be stopped. Officials with the Bank of China said they could not stop the transaction without a court order.
Prior to that transaction, an attempt was made to get over $421,000. That transaction was caught and did not go through.
Authorities believe the local company and bank officials are now following through with
procedures to get the court order needed to have authorities in Hong Kong and the Bank of China correct the fraudulent transaction.