Bank Accidentally Puts $120,000 In Couple’s Account. They Were Arrested After Spending It, Police Say.

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Imagine waking up one day to find an extra $120,000 in your bank account. You did not make $120,000 or win $120,000, but there it is, $120,000, just sitting there.

What would you do with all that cash? Pay off the mountain of student loans you’d otherwise be stuck with until you die? Buy a house? Buy a car? Buy this weird-looking rich-people furniture?

Maybe you should call the bank and find out what’s going on?

Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, did not call the bank, police say.

When a non-hypothetical $120,000 intended for a business was accidentally transferred into their BB&T bank account because of a teller error, the couple splurged on a camper, a Chevy and a racecar, state trooper Aaron Brown told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Authorities say they also distributed $15,000 to friends who needed the money.

All told, they spent $100,000 in about 2½ weeks, WNEP reported.

Eventually, though, the bank contacted them on or around June 20 after sending the money to the correct account. The bank notified Tiffany Williams, 35, that they were responsible for returning all the funds, Brown told the Sun-Gazette. He added that the withdrawal resulted in a $107,416 overdraft because the couple’s bank account had only $1,121 in it before the accidental windfall.

In an email, BB&T spokesman Brian Davis said that “while we can’t comment on the specifics of this issue due to client privacy practices, we always work as quickly as possible to address any issue that affects our clients. We’re also continuously working to enhance our client service and operating procedures to provide the best client experience possible.”

The couple now face three felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

“All I’m going to say is we took some bad legal advice from some people and it probably wasn’t the best thing in the end,” Robert Williams said Monday in court, according to WNEP.

Tiffany first assured the bank she would work out a repayment plan with her husband, but she eventually ceased communications, WNEP reported.

“That is kind of shocking, with all the procedures the banks have set up, checking and double-checking and triple-checking, there’s no way anybody gets away with that stuff,” Nate Weaver, a neighbor of the Williamses, told WNEP.

The Sun-Gazette reported that the couple, in separate interrogations, told police that they “admitted to knowing the mislaid money did not belong to them, but they spent it anyway.”

The case is now going to trial, WNEP reported.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Ridiculous. The couple did nothing wrong. I would’ve done the same thing. I would’ve immediately separated maaser money from it. I wouldn’t of spent it on cars but I would of paid off some of our credit card debt. The rest I would of put aside for our children’s Chassuna’s. They didn’t steal anything. The greedy bank put it into their account. Why should they be charged with a crime? This is not like the case of the Brinks truck busting open on the highway and having people grabbing up dollar bills. Here, the bank gave them a gift. The banks are the biggest crooks and gangsters around. They are constantly stealing from us, using OUR money to lend to other people, charging them interest, and we get nothing in return. They charge us all these concocted fees and get away with it. And then when the banks go bankrupt, the corrupt government takes OUR hard earned money and bails the thieves out!

    • Bring me my violin, so you “would’ve done the same thing”? That makes a thief. You can’t fiddle with other people’s money. And your “The banks are the biggest crooks and gangsters around.” is cheap communist talk.

    • I think that most people don’t know that it’s a crime to use the money. We’ve had tens of thousands of dollars deposited into our account by mistake (a family member is a wealthy business man and it turned out the banker transferred to the wrong account).

      When the money showed up in the account I didn’t understand why my husband contacted the bank. That was when I learned that it’s a crime to keep money that’s been mistakenly deposited into your account.

      • Why should the recipient know so much of the internal workings of such a complex entity as a bank? How should they know it was erroneous? Maybe they unknowingly won some promotion the bank was running? Or may an anonymous benefactor gave away money?

  2. What makes this type of thing feel awkward is the lop-sided rules. If it was the other way around, that the private citizen erroneously put money into the bank’s account, or even more so, the bank wrongfully took money out of the private citizen’s account, there would be no criminal charges against any person. It would not matter how long the bank kept the money or how many lawsuits the bank lost and still refused to return the money, no person would go to jail. At most the bank may be fined.

  3. To: Bring me my violin

    While you are buying all those items with the bank’s STOLEN money,
    ALSO BUY
    a spanking new PRISON JUMP SUIT !!!!!!!!!!!

    Even according HALACHA,

    Matono Be’ Toos the money is not yours…..

    POSHUT PESHAT !!!!!!!!

    You don’t need Reb Chaim or the Ketzos for this !!!!!!!!!!!

    • But the banks are owned by goyim. There is no hashavas avaida by a goy. You can keep draying your grubbe finger but it won’t help.

  4. To: Internet lamdan,

    ” But the banks are owned by goyim. There is no hashavas avaida by a goy. You can keep draying your grubbe finger but it won’t help. “”

    Stealing from a GOY,
    produces tons and tons of ANTI SEMITISM….

    Remember the Jewish Bankers?? !!!

    ever read

    Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”

  5. To: Internet lamdan,

    ” But the banks are owned by goyim. There is no hashavas avaida by a goy. You can keep draying your grubbe finger but it won’t help. “”

    Stealing from a GOY,
    produces tons and tons of ANTI SEMITISM….
    and Chilul Ha Shem !!!!!

    Remember the Jewish Bankers?? !!!

    ever read

    Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”

    GET AN EDUCATION….

    HOW MANY JEWS throughout history have been killed
    because of your philosophy of
    He is a goy !!!!!!
    He is an OOREL !!!!!!!!!
    His money is hefker….

    Get an education….

    No stealing from goyim any more !!!!!!!!!!!

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