Couple Arrested After Spending Spree, $120K Bank Error


A Pennsylvania couple is now facing theft charges after spending thousands of dollars that were mistakenly deposited by their bank.

Per news station, WNEP, Robert Williams and his wife, Tiffany, appeared in court last Tuesday after they spent two and half weeks working through the windfall, which they reportedly spent on bills, cars and cash purchases.

Robert and Tiffany Williams of Montoursville, Pa., are accused of spending money on an SUV, two four-wheelers, a camper and a vehicle trailer.

Police say the Williams also used the money on bills, auto repairs, cash purchases and even gave $15,000 to friends in need of money. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported that before the mistake, they had only $1,121 in their bank account. The error was discovered almost a month later on June 20, leaving the Williamses overdrawn by $107,416. Reports said they face felony theft charges and were released on $25,000 bail.

The bank notified Tiffany Williams, 35, that they were in rate for returning the final funds, Brown instructed the Solar-Gazette.

"[Tiffany Williams] told the bank her husband had spent a great portion of the funds and purchased a four-wheeler".

According to the complaint, she told the bank that they had spent some of the money on a four-wheeler.

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The couple, according to the affidavit, had just over $1100 in their bank account when the error occurred.Rather than call the bank to point out the mistake, the couple went on a shopping spree and even helped friends out with some of their new-found riches.

Then the couple went quiet, state police said.

Bank officials called state police in July after attempts to communicate with the couple were unsuccessful.

Nate Weaver, a Montoursville resident, mentioned he used to be jumpy by the couple's alleged actions.

With all the procedures the banks have set up, checking and double-checking and triple-checking.

A Pennsylvania couple apparently thought they'd hit the jackpot on May 31.

"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", Robert Williams said.