Teen gets $31,000 after bank error; spends $26,000 and faces legal woes
GEORGIA – A Georgia teen is in police custody after going on a shopping spree with someone else’s cash.
Police have charged 18-year-old Steven Fields with a Felony.
They say he used $31,000 that appeared in his checking account to buy a used BMW, food, and clothing.
This happened after a teller at First Citizen’s Bank put the money in the wrong account.
It was two weeks later when the real Steven Fields called that bank and realized the mistake.
By that time, the teen had spent $26,000.
When Fields came back to the bank to withdraw more money, the teller told him about the mistake and asked him to return the cash.
Fields says he received the money as part of an inheritance the bank gave him a March 19th deadline to return the funds before they pressed charges.
Fields turned himself in Friday afternoon.
Police say he still hasn’t returned the money and they believe it will be impossible to get it back.