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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A rural Olmsted County woman thought she was helping a top US military leader by sending him money.

A lot of money.

The 72-year-old woman contacted the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Monday to report she had been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Schueller says she was scammed not once, but twice.

The woman told an investigator she had been contacted by “General Richard B. Clark” in December, asking for money so he could return from Iraq. Schueller says the woman sent four packages with cash totaling $50,000 to an address in Texas. The woman reported the scam but it was never disclosed to the public.

The woman later realized she had been scammed but recently was contacted by the same man and sent $32,000 in cash in a FedEx package to the Texas address. Schueller says it’s not a legitimate address and an investigator has been assigned to the case.

For the record:  there IS a real General Richard B. Clark.

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