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Couple arrested after spending most of $120k that their bank accidentally put in their account

Robert and Tiffany Williams of Pennsylvania were surprised to find $120,000 in their bank account. They didn’t put it there. Who gave them the mysterious gift? Perhaps thinking it wise not to ask the bank and get an answer that would be disappointing, they instead went on a 2.5 week spending spree. With an apparent fondness for vehicles, they bought an SUV, a camper, a race car, and a trailer to tow the race car behind the camper.

Imagine their surprise when the bank contacted them and informed them that their bank balance was negative $107,416. But we had $120,000 in our account, the confused couple told the bank, and we haven’t spent it all yet. The bank explained the $120,000 had been accidentally deposited into their account and didn’t belong to them. Please return all the money immediately, said the bank.

According to Pennsylvania State Trooper Aaron Brown, Tiffany told the bank that “she no longer had the funds because she had already paid off bills. She told the bank her husband had spent a great portion of the funds and purchased a four-wheeler. She said she would speak to her husband and attempt to construct a repayment agreement.”

You already know how this ends up, but for the sake of completion, here’s how the Sun Gazette reported it:

State police were contacted in early July after further attempts by the bank to communicate with the couple were unsuccessful.

In separate interviews with investigators in late July, both Robert Williams, 36, and his wife “admitted to knowing the mislaid money did not belong to them, but they spent it anyway.”

The two were arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Gary Whiteman on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property, and released on $25,000 bail each.

SOURCE: BOING BOING