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California man charged with defrauding area business

A California man has been charged with hacking a Warren County company’s email and receiving tens of thousands of dollars that company should have received.

Chen Hsing Fang, 61, of Monterey Park, Calif., is charged with knowledge that property is proceeds of illegal act (a felony of the first degree), theft by deception, and access device fraud.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victims in the case were Roger Luvison and Son General Contractors and Camp Stone.

Pennsylvania State Police said Luvison completed a “large” masonry contract for the camp.

The camp mailed a check as payment for those services.

Then, someone purporting to be Luvison sent an email through a compromised email account, told Luvison customers, including Camp Stone, that billing procedures had changed and that payment should be wired, rather than sent by check, police said.

“Camp Stone had sent the victim a check for their services, prior to receiving the fraudulent email from the fraudulent account,” according to the affidavit. “Camp Stone was directed by email to wire the payment, therefore, they stopped the check they had sent.”

The funds — $41,381 — were wired to a Wells Fargo Account under the name of Chen Fang on Sept. 20, police said.

Officials from Luvison and Camp Stone discovered the fraud and contacted police, according to the affidavit.

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