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Couple Arrested After Spending Spree, $120K Bank Error

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By    |   Monday, 09 September 2019 12:08 PM

When a Pennsylvania couple woke up to discover $120,000 had accidentally been transferred into their bank account, they decided to go on a massive spending spree.

In just over two weeks, Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville had reportedly settled their bills, bought a camper, a car trailer, a race car, and put down a deposit for a Chevrolet SUV. Feeling generous, they also gave $15,000 to their friends, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette noted.

At issue is that the money transferred into their BB&T account did not belong to them and now they are facing charges of theft.

The problem began when a bank teller accidentally deposited $120,000 intended for a local business into the couple's account. Rather than query the matter, the two went on a shopping spree. Upon realizing its mistake, the bank transferred the $120,000 to the correct account, but by then the couple had already withdrawn and spent most of the money.

They were ordered to return all the funds. Tiffany allegedly assured the bank that she and her husband would work out a repayment plan, but they then ignored all further communication.

The bank notified police of the issue in July and upon further questioning, both Robert and Tiffany reportedly admitted to knowing that the money was not theirs but chose to spend it anyway. The couple is now facing three felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property and appeared in court last week. They were released on $25,000 bail each, The Washington Post noted.

Neighbors were not surprised that the couple is facing felony charges.

"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," said Nate Weaver, according to WNEP.

"I would check in with the bank first before I didn't anything, I'm not that dumb but some people do stupid things sometimes," Robert Painton added.

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When a Pennsylvania couple woke up to discover $120,000 had accidentally been transferred into their bank account, they decided to go on a massive spending spree — and then they got arrested.
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2019-08-09
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