For four days, Darren James and his family were multi-billionaires. Baton Rouge and his wife, a Louisiana real estate company in the United States, were doing a routine check on their finances last Saturday (26) when they realized that $ 50 billion had been misplaced in their chassis account. Bank.
“It’s not like one or two zero bugs, it’s like someone sleeping with their finger on the keyboard,” James joked. “I was definitely excited and really wondered how it turned out, wondering if there was a rich uncle who gave me the money.”
But, to his disappointment, it was not a legacy – an incredibly unusual mistake.
Chase Bank recovered the correct balances in the family account on Tuesday (29), James said.
“We are still trying to figure out what happened, why it happened, how it happened, but we know it just didn’t happen,” he told CNN. “My account was compromised and I was worried the bank would not call me. We did not ask anyone.”
Chase Bank admitted the error to CNN, but gave a different deadline for when the error was corrected.
“We had a technical glitch a few weeks ago that affected a certain number of accounts. This issue was resolved a day later and all accounts show accurate balances,” Chase Bank spokeswoman Amy Ponidatibus told CNN.
Individuals who misappropriate money deposited in their bank accounts may be charged with money laundering, payment, and offense. In 2019, a couple in Pennsylvania faced robbery charges after their bank accidentally deposited $ 120,000 in their account, and the couple spent most of it instead of contacting the bank, police said.
But James said he never considered spending any money.
“My moral compass only goes one way, it is the right path,” he said. “There is a big difference between morality and legitimacy. Honesty and good morality are immediately kicked out. There is nothing we can do with money. I do not earn it, and spending it is not ours.”
However, he joked, “If it was a rich uncle or one of those emails, if he had promised me $ 50 billion from a prince in Saudi Arabia, it would have been a different story.”
James said if the family could keep the money, they would have tried to “bless” others in need.
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