Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Couple Spends $120k Mistakenly Deposited into Their Account

Couple Spends $120k Mistakenly Deposited into Their Account

Robert and Tiffany Williams, based in Pennsylvania, US, are facing theft charges and over Sh13.7 million - Sh11 million - in overdraft fees, after reportedly using money that was deposited into their bank account by mistake.

All instructed, they spent US$100,000 in about 2 1/2 weeks, WNEP reported.

But by June 19, the pair had spent six figures on purchases that included an SUV, two four-wheelers and a auto trailer.

In just over two weeks, Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville had reportedly settled their bills, bought a camper, a vehicle trailer, a race auto, and put down a deposit for a Chevrolet SUV.

Robert and Tiffany Williams received $120,000 (£97,000) in error and then spent almost all of it, according to an affidavit.

Eventually, though, the bank contacted them on or around June 20 after sending the money to the correct account.

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The couple was surely baffled to see such a huge amount deposited in their bank account but hardly bothered to call the bank and check about the transaction.

Both Robert, 36, and his 35-year-old wife were arraigned on charges for theft and receiving stolen property in the USA state Pennsylvania. She told them she would speak with her husband about it and call them back, but never did, police said.

"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 Williams', told WNEP.

During an interview with the authorities, Robert said that he and his wife knew that the money didn't belong to them but they chose to spend it anyway.

According to reports, a criminal complaint was filed to the Pennsylvania State Police after the $120,000 was supposed to have been deposited to an investment firm, but was placed in the couple's bank account. They appeared in court last week and posted bail of $25 000 each. The financial institution notified Tiffany Williams, 35, that they have been answerable for returning all of the funds, Brown instructed the Solar-Gazette. When the customer contacted the bank to ask about the missing deposit, investigators discovered the funds had gone into the Williams' joint account, the affidavit said.

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