You sometimes hear this happening but it usually gets resolved within a day or so...not this time. A couple in Pennsylvania is accused of theft because their bank deposited $120,000 dollars in their bank account and they proceeded to spend it. Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany Williams, appeared in court Tuesday after they spent two and a half weeks blowing through most of their accidental windfall on expenses such as cars, bills and a camper, news station WNEP reported. Not exactly the wisest of choices...perhaps call the bank first before spending all that money that happened to land in your account?
According to state police, BB&T Bank deposited the dough into the couple’s account on May 31 due to a clerical error by a bank teller. By June 19, the damage was done. The pair had spent six figures on purchases that included an SUV, two four-wheelers and a car trailer. WNEP reports, They also allegedly used the money for bills, car repairs, cash purchases, as well as gave $15,000 for friends.
On June 20, the bank contacted Tiffany about the mistake — and to notify her that the money had been taken out of the account, resulting in a $107,416 overdraft fee, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported. She told the bank that she “would speak to her husband and attempt to construct a repayment agreement,” police said. But when the couple went dark on the bank, authorities were contacted to help recoup the stolen money.
Robert admitted to investigators in late July that he and his wife had known the “mislaid money did not belong to them, but they spent it anyway,” the newspaper reported.