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#2000814 - 03/10/15 07:32 PM What?! Why can't I spend it?
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Teen convicted after spending $30K mistakenly deposited into his bank account

Madison County, GA (WGCL) — A Madison County, Ga., teen who spent the better part of $30,000 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, whom 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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#2000866 - 03/10/15 09:05 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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...Wait the "mother" knew as well and didn't tell him to call the bank to check on it?! Yeesh!

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#2000876 - 03/10/15 09:30 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? CULady
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Originally Posted By: CULady
...Wait the "mother" knew as well and didn't tell him to call the bank to check on it?! Yeesh!


No wonder it didn't occur to the kid that it wasn't just a jackpot!
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#2000914 - 03/11/15 12:17 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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You have to understand that Madison County has a very...let's just say "shallow" gene pool. smirk



Now I'm wondering if the people that I know from there know these idiots. grin
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#2000935 - 03/11/15 01:20 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Madison County is in the state of North Georgia, right? eek
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#2000937 - 03/11/15 01:22 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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#2000939 - 03/11/15 01:23 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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#2000967 - 03/11/15 02:19 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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“He (teen) was excited. I would have been too,” she adds, recalling the moment the teen discovered the funds in his account.


not sure parental guidance was very forthcoming...it's not like he found $5 on the ground at a gas station. and the chances that this upstanding citizen will pay this back? likely 0%.
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#2000970 - 03/11/15 02:23 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Originally Posted By: DD Regs


“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.



I am still trying to figure out this sentence confused
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#2000973 - 03/11/15 02:49 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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So, doesn't the Bank have to reimburse the victim, since they basically gave away his money, that they were entrusted with? Why are they apologizing to the victim? The Bank should be apologizing to the victim. Surely this man doesn't have to wait to get his money back from these people?

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#2000988 - 03/11/15 04:12 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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The victim should have looked over his mistake when he made the deposit, according to the perp's mom.
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#2000992 - 03/11/15 04:25 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Originally Posted By: DD Regs
If your family tree does not fork, you may be from Madison County Georgia.


Fixed. whistle smirk laugh
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#2001179 - 03/12/15 02:35 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? Pale Rider
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Originally Posted By: Pale Rider
GoBucs -

The victim should have looked over his mistake when he made the deposit, according to the perp's mom.


So Georgia is a 'finders keepers, losers weepers' state?

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#2001210 - 03/12/15 03:42 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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I blame Monopoly...

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#2001220 - 03/12/15 04:13 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Well just wow! The stupid signs stories just keep happening!
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#2001221 - 03/12/15 04:13 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Well just wow! The stupid signs stories just keep happening!
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#2001481 - 03/13/15 02:38 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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wish it was the Smoky Mountain...
while stupid is as stupid does, I do think 10 yrs probation is extremely harsh. We have bank robbers who don't get that.We have 2 local cases (yes, 2 !!) of women doing drugs killed their babies by sleeping on them drugged up & both got 5 yrs probabation & no jail..and this dummy gets 10...
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#2001555 - 03/13/15 04:02 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? MidwestCFE
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I made the same mistake as this teller. It was before the advent of account numbers, but within the time frame when customers expected you to know who they were and fill out their deposit slips for them.

I wrote down the wrong name...

When the mistake was found the money (a few thousand dollars) was still there and when the cashier contacted the person whose account was credited incorrectly the account owner was furious that the funds had been removed. He acknowledged finding the error when he balanced his statement and knowing that the money wasn't his. Somehow, he ardently believed in "finders keepers"; i.e. the money was in his account, therefor it was his. He was ultimately disappointed.
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#2001558 - 03/13/15 04:08 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? Elwood P. Dowd
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It was before the advent of account numbers

???

Are you as old as Pale laugh
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#2001567 - 03/13/15 04:41 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? edAudit
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Originally Posted By: edAudit

Are you as old as Pale laugh


Ain't no one that old.....
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#2001580 - 03/13/15 05:22 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Bank error in your favor, collect $100.

Darn you Monopoly, you've ruined the world with the false expectations you give everyone! The CFPB should address this.
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#2001590 - 03/13/15 05:45 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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It's funny how people think they should get to keep money when the error is in their favor but would not apply the same guideline if the error is in the bank's favor.

^^ a longer, more disgusted way of saying what Matt said wink
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#2001618 - 03/13/15 06:39 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? edAudit
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Originally Posted By: edAudit
It was before the advent of account numbers

???

Are you as old as Pale laugh


please note that he said before the advent of account numbers, to be old as Pale, he would have said before the advent of NUMBERS...
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#2001682 - 03/13/15 09:07 PM Re: What?! Why can't I spend it? DD Regs
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Years ago, the bank that I work for switched its account from one big bank to an even bigger bank and we all had to open accounts there to have our payroll directly deposited. (back when they could do that) So I am on vacation when the first direct deposit is supposed to hit and I go to an ATM to check and lo and behold it says I have about $300,000 or some such crazy amount. I report it to the bank immediately and they see that I made a very large deposit, when I tell them I did not, they told me (I swear to ...) that maybe I forgot making it. FORGOT!!!! They did nothing further. My balance was going up and down and I could see large checks being posted and large deposits being made (this was before imaging) and I kept reporting it and they kept ignoring me until I got my statement and was able to bring the checks that I wrote and the other checks in my statement that were from a Brokerage House all having the same account number on them and they still didn't do anything but take copies of everything so that they could refer it to the main office. The following week I get a call to come in and they tell me that my account and the Brokerage House account were opened on the same day accidentally with the same number. I got to keep my number and they gave the Brokerage House a different number. They had reversed all the other party's transactions and told me if it ever happens again make sure to tell them. I told them I would tell them from Hawaii smile
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