Couple Who Spent The $120,000 The Bank Mistakenly Deposited In Their Account Face Criminal Charges

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Couple Who Spent The $120,000 The Bank Mistakenly Deposited In Their Account Face Criminal Charges

It was too good to be true.

Published September 12, 2019

Written by Zayda Rivera

One Pennsylvania couple got the shock of their lives when they discovered a $120,000 deposit in their bank account. 

Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany, whose joint bank account balance is typically at about $1,000, wasted no time in putting the money to good use, even if it wasn’t their funds, reports the Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Not only did the couple withdraw more than $100,000 to pay off bills, but they also put a down payment on a Chevrolet SUV, a camper, a car trailer and a race car. 

In what appears to be an attempt to pay their good fortune forward, the couple also gave away $15,000 to friends who needed it, according to court records, the Sun-Gazette reports. 

Less than three weeks later, the money was gone, and the couple’s joint bank account was hit with overdraft fees totaling $107,416.

“She no longer had the funds because she had already paid off bills. She told the bank her husband had spent a great portion of the funds and purchased a four-wheeler,” Mrs. Williams said, according to State Trooper Aaron Brown’s statement. “She said she would speak to her husband and attempt to construct a repayment agreement.” 

A teller at BB&T bank erroneously deposited the large sum of money into the couple’s account on May 31 instead of its intended recipient, Dimension Covington Investment LLC, the Sun-Gazette reports. 

The error was fixed on or before June 20, but by then the couple had already splurged, spending more than $100,000. 

Before that, the account held a $1,121 balance, state Trooper Brown said. 

After multiple attempts to contact the couple, state police were alerted by the bank of their error in early July.

Investigators reported the 36-year-old man and his 35-year-old wife “admitted to knowing the mislaid money did not belong to them, but they spent it anyway,” the Sun-Gazette reports.

The couple was released Tuesday (September 10) on $25,000 bail each after being hit with felony charges for theft and receiving stolen property. 

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