HULL, Ga. — A Georgia teenager got a nice surprise in his bank account earlier this month — to the tune of $31,000. The teen then started wildly spending the money, but after discovering the mistake, the bank wants its money back, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
The error happened March 7 when a man went to make a $31,000 deposit at First Citizens Bank in Hull. But with several people by the same name with accounts at the bank, the teller put the money into the wrong account.
Ten days later, the man who made the deposit inquired about the missing money from his account, and that’s when the error was discovered, sheriff’s deputies said.
But not before the 18-year-old man who was the beneficiary of the money had taken out $20,000 in cash and spent another $5,000 on an ATM card.
The teen tried to get more money on March 18 but was told of the mistake and to return the money, but he claimed the money came from an inheritance.
After being confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and told to return the money, the man said he would go to the bank and settle matters, but he has yet to do so. Bank officials say they will prosecute if the man does not return the money.