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Pennsylvania Couple Who Went On $100,000 Spending Spree After Accidental Bank Deposit Charged With Felony

Suddenly discovering an extra $120,000 in your bank account may sound like a dream come true, but it probably isn’t as great as it seems. Things that seem too good to be true usually are.

Robert and Tiffany Williams, of Montoursville, Pennsylvania apparently didn’t think of that particular maxim, when $120,000 was deposited into their account in error. The pair decided to go on a spending spree, not considering the consequences.

They used some of the money to pay bills, but most of it was used on luxury purchases like a new SUV, camper van and even a race car! They managed to spend over $100,000 before the bank realized their error.

When the error was discovered, BB&T immediately deposited the money into the correct account and contacted the Williams family to let them know they had to pay back what they spent.

After making several attempts to set up a repayment plan went unsuccessful, the bank decided to contact law enforcement and press charges.

Both Robert and Tiffany have been charged with multiple felonies. They had their first court appearance on September 9th, where they were each charged with 4 counts of felony theft.

Each of the charges could carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

When approached after their court appearance, Robert Williams said:

“All I’m going to say is we took some bad legal advice from some people and it probably wasn’t the best thing in the end.”

The couple have since been released on $25,000 bail. A trial date has not yet been set for these charges.

Reactions on social media were mixed, but many condemned the couple.

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Whether the bank should be at fault for the error or not, it was definitely a bad idea to decide to spend that much money when it suddenly appeared in the Williams’ account.

Again: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokémon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.