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Thieves stole nearly half a million dollars in Bullitt County, and many victims don't even know their money is gone. The money was stolen from the Bullitt County Fiscal Court, and it belongs to taxpayers.
Your tax dollars pay for police, fire, and EMS. But if you live in Bullitt County, first responders aren't the only ones getting your tax money these days.
Resident Michael Carlton says, "It's a tragedy that somebody can do that and get away with it." And Candace Baker wants to know, "Why are they getting into our information?"
Earlier this week county officials were informed that computer hackers had somehow stolen more than $400,000. County Attorney Walt Sholar tells Fox 41's Stephan Johnson, "The money was stolen from First Federal Savings Bank from Bullitt County Fiscal Court's account."
Bullitt County officials were informed on Monday and contacted the FBI. County Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts says, "We feel like we can continue to run the county on a normal basis without the taxpayers seeing the effect of this theft."
Despite the missing money, there will not be a change in the county's services, especially when it comes to emergencies. Roberts explains, "The ambulances will continue to run, the road department will continue to make sure the roads are maintained."
Meanwhile, county officials believe the hackers may have used a virus to get access to the money. Sholar says, "These viruses that are put on these computers take control of the computer." However it was done, both county officials and taxpayers want the money returned, with Leslie Carlton saying, "I'd like to find out who did it and where it went and how they're going to get it back into our county."