BURLINGTON — Local police and federal investigators are looking into a report of more than $400,000 electronically stolen from a Burlington city government bank account, according to a statement released Friday.
Burlington’s finance department reported the theft Thursday, saying the money had been electronically transferred to various personal and business accounts throughout the United States during a two-day period, Burlington Police announced in a statement.
The Bank of America account has since been frozen.
City employees enrolled in its direct deposit program were notified that their account information was compromised, according to the release. Employees are advised to contact their banks to flag or close the accounts associated with the electronic payroll deposit and to notify appropriate credit reporting agencies that they may be victims of identity theft.
Investigators believe the thefts were made through computer hacking.
Because Burlington police officers are potential victims in the incident, Mount Vernon police are assisting the U.S. Secret Service Puget Sound Electronic Crimes Task Force in the investigation.