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Thread started 05/21/09 8:05am

Graycap23

Bank Mistakenly Deposits $6M In Couple's Account

New Zealand Couple May Have Fled Abroad With Erroneous Millions
Posted: 11:07 pm EDT May 20, 2009
Updated: 10:30 am EDT May 21, 2009

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two New Zealanders whose bank mistakenly deposited 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account took some of the money and ran, police said.

Authorities launched an international search for the couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua, and their Westpac Bank said Thursday it considered the money stolen.

The two applied to Westpac for a NZ$10,000 ($6,000) overdraft, but 1,000 times that amount was paid into their account. The two then withdrew some of the money and disappeared, Detective Senior Sgt. David Harvey said.

Westpac conceded human error was responsible for making the couple accidental millionaires. Authorities did not release their identities.

Harvey said Interpol has been contacted for help, suggesting they may have fled abroad with the cash.

"We are currently conducting an investigation into the individuals that may have been involved in the withdrawal of that money," Harvey said.

Westpac spokesman Craig Dowling said the bank had recovered some of the money but declined to give further details.

The bank said in a statement it was "pursuing vigorous criminal and civil action to recover the sum of money stolen."

Banking Ombudsman Liz Brown said it is generally considered a criminal offense for people to spend money accidentally deposited into a bank account if they are aware that the cash is not theirs.

In her 15 years as ombudsman, Brown said she had been involved in 10 to 20 similar cases.
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Reply #1 posted 05/21/09 8:08am

irrisistableB

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I would be like wave to all my friends and family.
Don't take life too seriously, noone gets out alive.
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Reply #2 posted 05/21/09 8:55am

Dayclear

I hope they never get caught. finders keepers, losers weepers! biggrin
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Reply #3 posted 05/21/09 9:55am

CarrieLee

Dayclear said:

I hope they never get caught. finders keepers, losers weepers! biggrin



Yep!
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Reply #4 posted 05/21/09 10:28am

DesireeNevermi
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lucky bastards! sigh
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Reply #5 posted 05/21/09 10:53am

nurseV

Damn! wish it was me lol
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Reply #6 posted 05/21/09 10:55am

Graycap23

Dayclear said:

I hope they never get caught. finders keepers, losers weepers! biggrin

Funny how this applies 2 everyone but the big boys, ie. IRS, Banks, etc.
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