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Teen convicted after spending $30K mistakenly deposited into his account

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Madison County, GA (WGCL) — A Madison County, Georgia teen who spent the better part of $30,000, which was mistakenly put into his checking account by a bank teller, will serve the next 10 years on probation and has been ordered by a judge to pay the money back.

“The daddy apologized about a dozen times that he was sorry it happened and the boy said he was sorry. That’s about all he said,” said victim Steven Fields.

Both the victim and the man convicted have the same name and both live in Hull, a small town in Madison County. They never knew one another even though for a time they lived on the same street.

The 70-year-old deposited more than $30,000 in his checking account after he sold land.

The bank teller, who he has known for years, mistakenly deposited the money into the 18-year-old’s account.

“That’s the only thing that upset me was that my friend lost her job,” said the elder Fields.

CBS46 talked to a woman who the teen refers to as his mother in March of last year.

“I told that woman up at the bank she should have looked over her mistake that she made if she knew there were three people up there with the same name,” said Stacey Sorrow, a woman who raised the teen.

“He (teen) was excited. I would have been too,” she adds, recalling the moment the teen discovered the funds in his account.

The teen spent most of the money on a BMW, among other items.

The elder Fields said he met the teen for the first time in court.

Reporter: “Do feel like he was sincere when he apologized?”

Fields: “I don’t know if he was or not. It’s like when people say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I feel like they’re sorry they got caught,” said the victim.

The teen has since been arrested for possessing illegal drugs.

“They (anyone with a pending sentence) can come back before the judge on that new charge and have a portion their sentence that they already have revoked, which means they would have to serve a portion of that sentence in jail,” said Sam Small with the Madison County District Attorney’s office.

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29 comments

  • Mr. Bob

    CBS46 talked to a woman who the teen refers to as his mother in March of last year. “I told that woman up at the bank she should have looked over her mistake that she made if she knew there were three people up there with the same name,” said Stacey Sorrow, a woman who raised the teen. “He (teen) was excited. I would have been too,” she adds, recalling the moment the teen discovered the funds in his account.
    Really Stacy?? And you should not have told the punk not to spend the money and should have immediately contacted the bank to tell them of the error so it could be corrected before the punk spent all the money??? Perfect example of a loser raising a loser…

  • rykeating

    You’re telling me that an 18 year old kid is on probation for 10 years because he spent money that the bank teller accidentally put in his bank account? That sounds so absurd, there must be some facts missing from the report. If the case is as reported in the story, the bank is responsible for that mistake, not the kid. Not only should the bank be responsible for paying any amount of money back to the original owner, there is no way he should be convicted of any crime. Steven- the legal system in Georgia has failed you, and I am sorry.

    ~Ryan

    • Mr. Bob

      You too are of low moral character ryan. Because the bank made an error and deposited the money in his account you feel he is entitled to keep it? He knew it wasn’t money he had earned and had no right to. You are the type of person who also believes that guns kill people it is not the person’s responsibility for killing someone. You need someone to teach you right from wrong boy…

      • Schmendrick

        You sure do make a lot of assumptions, don’t you boy? Maybe somebody should teach you better.

    • slh

      Certainly the bank made an error, and the bank morally owes the original client–and is certainly insured.

      But the teen owes the bank. It is absurd to rationalize that anyone over the (arbitrary) age of 8 thinks that $30,000 showing up in their bank account belongs to them, and there will be no repercussions for spending it. By the time I was that age, if I had found a quarter on the floor in a store, that would have been finders-keepers, but if I had found a wallet stuffed with cash, or even a $20, it would have been straight to my parents to go to the authorities to try to find the owner.

      Ten years on probation sounds harsh, but this kid committed fraud. He is not serving a day in jail. I think it’s right that he should repay the money he spent. Thinking he shouldn’t is warped. He did not win the bleeding lottery.

      • Schmendrick

        The only person to mention it, the bank is insured. They’ve already gotten their money back. What this guy pays in restitution will just be icing on the cake.

    • tom

      you are absolutely right in that the bank error in his favor is not a crime, and is entirely his to keep, unless georgia law is different from wisconsin law, where this happened to me, albeit a smaller amount and the money was mine to keep, and I spent it. no charges no conviction.

    • Kim

      Seriously? No doubt the bank teller made a mistake; however the FIRST thing the young man AND his mother should have done was report it to the bank. If you have $30,000 in your account that you know you didn’t put there, you have NO RIGHT to spend one penny of it. He deserves more than just probation, He got off easy.

    • Edmund Jr. (@EdmundMP)

      You do not own your bank account. The bank does. You are simply giving them your money to store, and are entitled to a specific sum back. Just because they mistakenly print a few wrong digits in your online account or on a bank slip you are not entitled to someone else’s property. Knowingly using it is theft.

  • John

    Excited? The last thing I would feel is excited if I found an extra $30k in my account, because I would instantly know it was a mistake and now I have to go through a possible headache of having it all sorted out. This kid’s moral compass must be non-existent… Not to sound self-righteous, but I’ve personally turned gone into the bank to turn in an extra $20 bill that the ATM mistakenly gave me. So, I can’t even imagine a universe where I would ever think a magic $30k in my bank account means a new BMW for me…. seems like a suitable punishment for a thief, hopefully a lesson will be learned from all this.

  • Scott

    Q. Am I obligated to return or pay for merchandise I never ordered?
    A. No. If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift.

    Q. Must I notify the seller if I keep unordered merchandise without paying for it?
    A. You have no legal obligation to notify the seller. However, it is a good idea to write a letter to the company stating that you didn’t order the item and, therefore, you have a legal right to keep it for free. This may discourage the seller from sending you bills or dunning notices, or it may help clear up an honest error. Send your letter by certified mail. Keep the return receipt and a copy of the letter for your records. You may need it later.

    So why is it different because it was a bank.
    Source : http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0181-unordered-merchandise

    • Scott

      The reason that this is acceptable by law is because companies that have slow business will send items out to people with a bill in the hopes that they will buy it. The government have deemed, in their infinite wisdom that if it arrives and you didn’t order it you can keep it. so why is it different for a bank?

  • Johnny

    This “teen” is legally a man, at 18 years old. He can be drafted into the military. He is an adult.
    A minor cannot be held responsible to a business transaction, because they are not adults.
    A minor cannot buy a car.
    So, he committed fraud as an adult.

  • Nico Blanchard

    wait im just happy we have soo many Good People Here who would give the money Back…….online anyway, he was wrong ok cool, but the banks have raped us for years, a teen makes a mistake by raping the bank, and he should be lynched???? Get a life you computer lawyers/keyboard lawyers.

  • jb

    The only bad decision made by this kid was buying a bmw lol. Withdraw the money hide the cash and play stupid. Because over the course of his life he’ll end up paying the 30k in bank fees!!

  • Mr. Bob

    Schmendrick says: You sure do make a lot of assumptions, don’t you boy? Maybe somebody should teach you better.
    You too are a low life scum bag that doesn’t know right from wrong. Now crawl back in your hole where you belong. Who let you off of your leash anyway???

  • Velo Fellow

    It’s theft plain and simple no matter how you slice it. He’s on probation, not serving time and got what he deserved. If someone parks a car in my driveway mistakenly, I do not become the owner, nor am I entitled to keep it. The bank may be insured, but do you think that money appears out of thin air? You know who pays for it? We all do from fees and taxes.

    It boggles my mind how anyone would think they rightfully are entitled to that money because it was accidentally put there.

  • Mr. Bob

    The only person to mention it, the bank is insured. They’ve already gotten their money back. What this guy pays in restitution will just be icing on the cake.
    Another stupid comment from SCHMENDRICK!!! Yeah the bank has insurance. That insurance payout costs the customers money numnuts because the loss is ultimately absorbed by the customers of the bank. Do you think the $30,000 just magically appears numnuts???

  • Paul

    Ok so the Bank did an error, lost 30000$. Got it back for their insurance compagnie. And now will get another 30000$ from that kid for their own mistake ? Well they would be laughin straith to it if they we’rent already there….

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