Teen convicted after spending $30K mistakenly put in his bank account

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HULL, Ga. -- A Georgia teen who had $30,000 deposited into his bank account by mistake will now be forced to spend the next 10 years on probation and pay nearly all the money back.

According to CBS46 in Atlanta, 18-year-old Steven Fields, from the small town of Hull, Ga., discovered the money in his bank account, and spent the majority of it on a BMW and other items.

However the money belonged to another Steven Fields, 70, also from Hull.

The older Fields had sold some land, and went to the bank to deposit more than $30,000 in his account, according to CBS46.

However the bank teller, whom the 70-year-old Fields had known for years, mistakenly deposited it into the other Fields' - the teenager's -- account.

In an interview with CBS46, the woman who raised the 18-year-old Fields said the onus should lie with the teller.

"I told that woman up at the bank she should have looked over her mistake," the woman told the station. “He (18-year-old Fields) was excited. I would have been too," she said when referring to the discovery of the funds.

Despite having the same name, using the same bank and living in the same town, the two Fields men met for the first time in court following the mix-up.

When a CBS46 reporter asked the older Fields if he felt the teen was sorry, "I don't know if he was or not. It's like when people say, ‘I'm sorry.' I feel like they're sorry they got caught," he said.

According to CB46, the 18-year-old Fields has since also been arrested for possessing illegal drugs.

Since the teen Fields already had a pending charge, a member of the Madison County District Attorney's office told CBS46 he can come back before the judge on the new charge and have a portion the sentence he already had revoked.

That would mean having to serve a portion of that sentence in jail, according to CBS46.



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  • Fedup

    Duh, I didn’t know it was a mistake. I thought maybe I did a dope deal and forgot about it. Clap trap. Do the crime, do the time.

  • Ron Melancon

    Another idiot who was taught by Common Core standards. Only a pure idiot would be stupid to think the bank would not catch the mistske. Now if the idiots in Washington DC and the IRS who gives illegals tax refunds than he could spend the money

    • You're a moron

      Actually based on his age I’m pretty sure this idiot is a shining example of the ‘success’ of Georgie Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” garbage, combined with the complete lack of personal responsibility that’s been taught to him by his undoubtedly FOX News loving “woman who raised him.”

  • Will Drucker

    hahahaha…”he was excited, I would be too”…..translation….”yea, if someone ACCIDENTALLY placed $30,000 in my bank account, hell, I wouldn;’t care if it wasn’t mine…I’d spend it on Beemers and illegal drugs too…maybe even some bling”…..ahhh the good ol South

  • Daniel S. Thompson

    How many bankers are put on 10 years probation when caught laundering drug money, or after betting on a the economy crashing, then flooding the market with bundled subprime loans, crashing the economy in their favor? How many too-big-to-fail banks (now too-BIGGER-to-fail since your children and grandchildren’s blood sweat and tears have been pledged to them in a “bailout”) are “paying back the money?” Now the legal groundwork has been laid for banks to conduct “bail-INS” – seizure of depositor’s assets, if their crappy business decisions lead them to the brink of collapse. This has been tested in Cyprus, and will be perfectly legal when they do it in the UK and the USA. Will they then “pay back the money?”

    • John

      And you will pay the consequences! Another case of a chap found £1.2M in his bank account. Made £214 in interest before the bank claimed it back! That money became his with no comeback!

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