On the 10th of April 2017, the City of Big Spring was a victim of wire fraud whereby $36,200.00 of city funds were wire transferred to a bank account as a result of an e-mail scam. The Big Spring Police Department was contacted and information was immediately turned over to State and Federal Officials for investigative purposes.
At this time, the Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers Division and the Homeland Security Federal Agency are still pursuing multiple suspects, and to date $28,090.28 has been returned to the City as a result of the investigation. We expect multiple arrests in the near future.
According to Federal Officials, this type of “Business Email Compromise” or “BEC” scam is increasingly common and as a result, the City has utilized this opportunity to enhance internal procedures in an attempt to prevent this from occurring in the future.
The City of Big Spring and the Big Spring Police Department thanks the Midland office of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Police Department for their efforts assisting us with this investigation.
As this is an ongoing investigation, the Big Spring Police Department is unable to comment any further.
Chief of Police, Chad Williams