Imagine being 18-years-old, checking your deposit account, and finding $31,000 there!
What would you do?
Well, that happened to a Steven Fields in Athens, Georgia, and he wasted no time in spending almost ALL of the money in little to no time!
But like they say - mo money, mo problems!
The accident occurred on March 7th when a teller deposited the money in the wrong account due to the influx of similar names at the bank, and so when the victim called on March 17th - the bank called the mistaken beneficiary to get the money back.
By that time though, Mr. Fields had taken $20,000 out of the bank, and spent as much as $5,000 on his ATM card.
Mr. Fields also was adamant with the bank that the money came from his grandmother's estate. However, once a police officer was sent to Mr. Field's house - the teenager soon realized the mistake he had made.
The deputy who talked to Mr. Fields and the bank said:
"I informed Mr. Fields that the bank wanted the money back as soon as possible. Mr. Fields stated that he would go to the bank and talk with [the bank employee] and try to settle this situation without going to jail."
That would be pretty whack if Mr. Fields had to go to jail because someone else screwed up! The only problem is, it's pretty illegal to spend someone else's money, even if it's due to a mistake!
He was just young and he had some fun! Cut him some slack — he's a teenager for crying out loud!
He should just pay back the remainder and then the bank should use the massive amount of insurance we're sure it has to cover the difference for THEIR part in the whole debacle!
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