US Couple Charged After Spending $100K From Bank Mistake

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

Per news station, WNEP, Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany, appeared in court last Tuesday after they spent two and half weeks working through the windfall, which they reportedly spent on bills, cars and cash purchases.

In an interview with law enforcement, Tiffany Williams said the money was spent on an SUV, a camper, two four wheelers and a vehicle trailer, among other things, according to an affidavit.

Some of the money also went to pay bills and for vehicle repairs, and the couple gave $15,000 to "friends in need of money", Tiffany Williams told investigators, according to the affidavit.

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

It's reported that around 20 June, BB&T noticed the mistake and transferred the money to the correct account, which resulted in the Williams racking up $107,416 (£87,000) in overdraft fees.

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.

The couple said they would work out a payment plan, according to WNEP, but then ignored subsequent contacts from the bank and are now facing theft charges.

The error was made in their bank account on May 31, according to state trooper Aaron Brown, who talked to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette about the incident.

The problem began when a bank teller accidentally deposited $120,000 intended for a local business into the couple's account.

BB&T then contacted Mrs Williams to tell her that she and her husband would be required to pay the cash back.

Unfortunately for the conspiring couple, they had nothing left. "She said she would speak to her husband and attempt to construct a repayment agreement" with the bank, Brown said.

With all the procedures the banks have set up, checking and double-checking and triple-checking.

"I even don't include any notion, I don't even know what's going on", he mentioned. In a recent court ruling, a state Superior Court panel rejected his appeal to overturn his theft and receiving stolen property convictions and ordered him to repay $157,000.

Imagine waking up one day to find an extra $120 000 (R1.8 million) in your bank account.

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