If $30,000 appears in your checking account and you know for a fact that you didn’t deposit it, here’s a note of advice: DON’T spend it.
An 18-year-old from Madison County, Georgia must have assumed that the bank had some extra money lying around and decided to give him a treat, but now he’s dealing with the repercussions.
MyFox8 reports that the teenager and 70-year-old Steven Fields live in the small town of Hull, and also share the same name. When the elder Fields deposited the $30K into the bank, the teller mistakenly credited the money to the teen’s.
The two met for the first time when the teenager was brought to court.
“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,” the elder Fields said. “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.”
A BMW was among the teen’s purchases.
He will serve the next ten years on probation, and has to return the money he spent.
He’s also been brought up on drug possession charges.
Which brings me to my next point: you definitely shouldn’t spend stolen money when you’re already doing something illegal.