A western Missouri county has gotten back more than half of the $48,200 it lost after one of its officials fell for an email scam.

The Kansas City Star reports Platte County Treasurer Rob Willard was duped last week into sending a wire transfer to a bank in Florida at what he thought was the request of Presiding Commissioner Ron Schieber.

But Schieber didn't make the request and Willard was caught up in an internet scam that has victimized several other counties in Missouri and Kansas.

Willard says Wells Fargo transferred just over $28,000 on Monday afternoon into the county's general fund.

Other financial institutions and law enforcement agencies are involved in the effort to recover the remaining funds.

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