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|Knoxville Treasurer Cleared in Pfishing Scam
|The former City Treasurer in Knoxville who left the city out thousands of dollars after unknowingly taking part in a scam won't get in any trouble because of it.
The Knoxville City Council Monday night approved not taking any legal action against former treasurer Ellen Klump. Klump was recently replaced by Jim Whitney after her resignation and involvement in a pfishing scam online in February 2008 where she clicked on a link in an e-mail she thought was from the city's bank, but then allowed hackers access to some of the city's accounts. The City of Knoxville lost tens of thousands of dollars because of the mistake and has since opened new bank accounts and re-evaluated their Internet security procedures.
Fourth Ward Alderman Bart Randall reads from a statement he made saying the council will not legally go after Klump. "As we have accepted the resignation of four former treasurer, I move that we choose not to initiate any formal legal proceedings at this time regarding this matter," Randall said, "and not make any further changes to our bank accounts and our banking procedures at this time."
The motion to not legally hold Klump responsible was included with the request of the Mayor signing any documents relating to the finalization of the matter with the banks and insurance company. The motion passed unanimously.
Knoxville aldermen last night also approved a bid of over $32,000 to a Wisconsin-based firm to reline the last six manholes in the city that needed the work, as part of an ongoing project. Engineers previously told aldermen they thought the cost of the project to be nearly $60,000, but will be saving money by using a different method this time.
|03 17 09 by Newsroom
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