County worker Thomas Katona felt he was doing the right thing by helping a poor Nigerian recover funds after a devastating civil war. He was sure no one from Nigeria would try to scam him out of $1.25 million in county funds.

The duped worker sent all of his life savings and then proceeded to send $1,236,700 of country funds to a scam artist in response to an E-mail plea for help. The scam was uncovered when he went to England to meet with the scammers.

The Michigan Attorney General, Mike Cox, said recovery efforts are underway but holds little hope that any of the money will be found. "Every part of this makes you wonder, 'What was he thinking?' " spokesman Matt Frendeway said.

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