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Saturday, August 29, 2009

W. Va. Turns-Down Free Laptops

When the state governor's office received a small shipment of laptops it had not ordered, workers returned them to HP. But when a second shipment of unordered laptops arrived, they turned them over to investigators.

According to spokesfolks, the governor's office is wary of what might be on the computers. If that makes no sense to you, you should know that earlier this year, a suspected Kenyan-based ring defrauded the office out of nearly $2 million and almost $1/2 million was charged to their phonebill after they mistakenly posted their security codes online! Even curioser, the computers were ordered through bank accounts issued to names of workers in the office, though the workers themselves neither opened nor control the accounts.

Similar laptop orders were also delivered to six other states. All of the states denied them and an investigation is now underway.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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