Lexington firm falls victim to online theft

U.S. Secret Service agents are investigating a case of online theft from a Lexington business.

A series of unauthorized online electronic funds transfers were used to take $97,000 from McGregor and Associates, an employee benefits firm in downtown Lexington. It appears the money was taken and deposited into 13 online banking accounts, according to a Lexington Police report.

The case was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service, Lexington Police Sgt. Robert Cottone confirmed.

Similar cases have occurred when a computer user visits an unsafe Web site and unknowingly downloads a virus, he said. He did not know the circumstances surrounding this case.

A message left with McGregor and Associates seeking comment was not immediately returned.