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Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers….Maybe Not!

Friday, May 25, 2012

finding moneyOne of the best feelings in the world is finding lost money.  You know, when you put on a pair of jeans that you haven’t worn in a while and you find a $20 bill in the pocket…SWEET.  Then there is the feeling you get from finding someone else’s money.  You are walking down the street and you see a $10 bill on the ground.  This feeling is a little different.  You look over both shoulders to see if anyone is looking before you pick it up.  There is a very strong sense of guilt associated with finding someone else’s lost money.  This is probably the reason why many people either ignore it or do the right thing and ask around to see if any lost some money. 

That being said, what if you went to your local ATM to take out some money and you saw that instead of having only $35 in your account, you had almost $70,000?  Would you say something to the bank?  Would you withdraw the money and disappear?  Or would you just go on a shopping spree and act like nothing happened?  Well a man in Trevose, Pennsylvania just faced this same situation.  He found $69,300 in his bank account, which should have had only $20.  So what did this guy do?  He went out and bought a car, a golden retriever and took a trip to Orlando.  He also paid off some bills for his family.  All these things seem pretty reasonable except for one thing…IT WASN’T HIS MONEY.

Eventually the bank discovered the error and when they noticed the money was missing contacted the police.  The man turned himself in to police and is looking at potentially 14 years in jail for his little spending spree.  He is currently out of jail awaiting trial on a $25,000 unsecured bail bond

If you looked today and saw that you had an extra $70,000 in your account, what would you do?  How much would it take for you to consider breaking the law?

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Original article:  Was it worth it? Man facing 14 YEARS in jail after going on spending spree when bank puts $70k in his account in error