City's Bank Accounts May Have Been Compromised

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A city's bank accounts may have been compromised and some say by it's own mayor!

The city of Cumberland's mayor tells WYMT what happened and how he thought it was going to help the city.

Outgoing Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield says he was tired of getting complaints that the city wasn't being completely upfront about finances.

"The amounts of money in our accounts are to be seen by anyone and they can come down to city hall anytime they want to," Hatfield said.

But Hatfield wanted to make it even easier. He released the login name and password for an online BB&T account in a notice broadcast over the local access cable channel last Wednesday.

Councilwoman Loretta Cornett will soon take over as Cumberland's mayor.

She says she's worried what effect the mayor's actions may have on the city.

"There were some things in there that really could hurt our city," Cornett said.

Mayor Hatfield says he realized hours after his notice went out that anyone logging on to the city's account could actually transfer funds from one city account to another. He says that's when he changed the password.

"No damage done or no money lost just a matter of trying to provide the people with info they should be aware of," Hatfield said.

BB&T officials say you can't take any money out using an online account, but bank account numbers are displayed and that worries the incoming mayor.

"What could happen between now and january or two years from now," Cornett said.

That's something that bothers Cornett, who says she just wants to get off to a good start as mayor.

Current Mayor Hatfield says he decided to change the city's bank account numbers after BB&T urged him to do so.


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