Galveston County Commissioners are taking a step in the right direction by trying to recoup some of the $500,000 sent in error to a scammer posing as a county contractor in May 2018.

Joseph Nixon, a private attorney hired by the county, has sent letters to companies that hold bonds on behalf of Rufus Crowder, the county’s purchasing agent; Randall Rice, auditor; and Kevin Walsh, treasurer (“County pursuing bonds for stolen $500K,” The Daily News, Aug. 19).

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Miceal O'Laochdha

“So, someone will — and should — be held responsible for more than a half-million taxpayer dollars disappearing into thin air.” Yeah? WHO IS THAT?

“Filched”, “sent in error”, “mistake” etc. etc. It is not until the tenth paragraph of this story that the real word is finally used: “THEFT”. Let’s face reality here; no one is ever going to be held accountable for giving a half million dollars (plus) of taxpayer money to a thief and the taxpayers are not getting their money back either. All we can do is wait patiently for the next occasions of lazy, incompetent, apparatchiks (to whom we pay salaries and benefits every day) giving massive amounts of our money to thieves. They certainly have no incentive to withhold it.

David Hardee

Thanks for update - keep on pursuing and demand these "public servants" give the details of remedies that have been implemented. Only the GDN has the statutory power and public megaphone that will bring sunshine on these atrocious failures committed to frequently by bureaucracies.

Charles Douglas

There use to be a guý who had a saying, that fit something like this, escapes my memoryyyyy....but I think his name was P.T. Barnum, something. Oh I just can't remember.....

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