MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP - The Russian mafia is being blamed for hacking into Middletown Township's financial system.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from the bank account of the Monmouth County municipality.
News 12 New Jersey has confirmed that it is part of an alleged global bank fraud scheme. Officials say the perpetrators used "Zeus Trojan" and other spyware to steal millions of dollars from U.S. accounts, including the bank account of Middletown Township.
Once the fraud was detected, the money was frozen, but not before $15,000 of the $378,000 was already stolen.
Three weeks ago, FBI agents arrested 20 suspects who are all in their early 20s. They're believed to be low-level workers in the elaborate network. The 17 accused high-ranking Russian mobsters at the top of the alleged fraud scheme are still wanted.