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Florida Keys Man Dupes Texas School District Into Sending Him $2 Million: Feds

Donald Howard Conkright is currently in the custody of U.S. marshals pending his transfer to Texas

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Monroe County Sheriff's Office

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  • Donald Howard Conkright of Big Pine Key was arrested Dec. 13 and charged with wire fraud.

Federal court records show a Florida man duped a Texas school district into transferring him nearly $2 million and then used the money to purchase a BMW and Rolex watches.

Records show 61-year-old Donald Howard Conkright was arrested last week and charged with wire fraud. He's currently in the custody of U.S. marshals pending his transfer to Texas.

A manager for the Crowley school district near Fort Worth, Texas, received an email in October saying a construction company that works as a vendor for the district needed to provide updated banking information.

The district owed money to the company and later sent more than $500,000 to a new account. The next day it sent a $1.4 million payment.

The district says it contacted authorities after discovering the fraud and began an internal review.

Court records don't list an attorney for Conkright.

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