A family became billionaires last Saturday when a $ 50 billion deposit made by a bank suddenly appeared in their bank account.
Darren James and his wife, who live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, noticed the error when they saw their bank statement.
“It’s not zero added or two. It’s like someone’s asleep on the keyboard! Mr James laughs in an interview with CNN.
But in reality, this is a very unusual mistake. Darren James said the financial institution Chase had fixed the mistake in the days leading up to the incident.
“We’re still trying to figure out how the error happened, but we only know it did not happen,” he said. I’m worried about whether my account has been compromised. No one contacted us. ”
Chase Bank confirmed the incident to CNN, but the situation was resolved the day after the incident.
“We had a technical problem a few weeks ago that affected a limited number of accounts,” a company spokesman said.
Individuals who have spent a portion of the money will have to repay that amount, pay the fees and even face criminal charges.
In 2019, a couple in Pennsylvania were charged with theft after spending 120 120,000, which was accidentally credited to their account.
But the idea of spending money never crossed Darren James’ mind.
“Honesty took over immediately. We can’t spend that money. We didn’t win it. This is not ours, ”he said.